Affogato – Italian – \noun\: drowned
You know when you want that sweet pick me up, that won’t put you over the edge. This is it. It’s a simple, few ingredient show stopper, that you can whip up to treat yourself. Literally the Italian word for drowned, an affogato is a scoop of gelato drowned in espresso or coffee. The trick is to use really good ice cream or gelato, which melts beautifully, but quickly, into the coffee. The result is an indulgent frothy latte-like treat. I used homemade vanilla ice cream here.
Affogato (serves 1)
1/2 cup good-quality ice cream or gelato (vanilla or chocolate)
1 shot espresso or 3 Tablespoons strong brewed coffee
Frothed milk (optional)
Shaved dark chocolate (optional)
Place ice cream in a glass mug or cup, then pour in espresso or coffee. Top with frothed milk, shaved dark chocolate and chopped hazelnuts if desired. Drink immediately.