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Affogato is perhaps one of the easiest desserts you can make.  All you need is some ice cream (I love vanilla) and some piping hot, very strong espresso or coffee.  When the weather gets uncomfortably hot outside and you want a good scoop of ice cream, why not make it a bit more chic?  This is something you can serve to guests (the kids can get root beer floats) at the end of a large meal, when all you want is something light and refreshing.  It's as simple as brewing, scooping & pouring.  This is very delicious and very deluxe.

Scoops of vanilla ice cream (I like soy!) in a drabware tea cup and a shot of espresso.

Simply pour your shot or coffee over the scoops.  You decide how much coffee to pour, but I like just 2-4 tablespoons per cup.

The espresso cools upon contact and the ice cream begins to melt.

So easy and so delicious!

Your cups better look like this when you're done.

The next time you're having guests over and don't feel like turning on the oven to make a dessert for the occasion, serve some affogato.  Everyone is going to love eating this, especially during the summer time, because it isn't heavy or too sweet (the strong espresso tempers the ice cream's sweetness).  I know that most people don't have giant professional espresso machines (I don't!) at home, but a stovetop espresso maker can be used with great results, or even imported instant espresso powder (I use 1 teaspoon for every 2 tablespoons of liquid).  Actually, you don't have to wait to have guests in order to enjoy this dessert.  I usually treat myself to a cup after I've taken a long walk.  Enjoy it!


  1. Is that a wedgwood cup and saucer?

  2. Hi Jonathan, that is indeed a Wedgwood drabware teacup & saucer.


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