Affogato al Caffe

Tamara Novacoviç whips up an Italian dessert that will make both ice cream and coffee lovers cry with happiness.

Affogato al Caffe

An affogato is a traditional Italian espresso-based treat. The full name is really “affogato al caffe” or “drowned in coffee,” in Italian. The dessert consists of a scoop of ice cream with a shot of hot espresso poured over the top. The basic recipe has a large number of variations – using different coffee drinks, different ice cream flavors and different ratios of the two items.

I am in love with coffee, its flavor, different types (creamy or gusto is my favorite) and it’s the first thing I think of when I open my eyes in the morning. OK, maybe the second. About 6 years ago, I didn’t drink coffee. Then a bunch of best friends started going regularly to our favorite caffe bar and drink coffee before lunch. Of course I went too and slowly but steadily adopted their coffee drinking habit. The only thing is, I drank coffee with a lot of sugar and milk. Actually, I drank milk and sugar with coffee. Throughout time, I fell in love with coffee flavor and realized what it really means to almost sinfully enjoy in a cup of this delight. Today I like it strong and creamy, with some milk and honey instead of sugar (although I don’t always substitute the two sweeteners).

This recipe is adapted from here and it’s the courtesy of my food blogger friend Dajana.

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Creamy hot/cold dessert, perfect for summer. Even if you don't drink coffee, you will love this!
Recipe Type: Dessert
Serves: 2
  • 2 glasses of mocha or espresso
  • 4 of your favorite ice cream scoops
  • additional flavoring: chocolate sprinkles, grated white/dark chocolate, a dash of cinnamon or cardamom, some rum or Kahlua
  1. Cook coffee and pour in glasses. It needs to be warm so that the ice cream melts.
  2. Put 1 tsp of rum or Kahlua into each glass.
  3. Put 2 scoops of your favorite ice cream into each glass and finish with some chocolate, cinnamon, cardamom etc.

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