Affogato, How to Make an Affogato

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I consider myself very lucky when it comes to being surrounded by people I deeply care for. Friends who I love and family that I can’t do without. I always think about ways to make them feel special…., without expecting anything in return (yes yes, it sounds noble and all that…., but noble isn’t what I’m going for.., so, stop the eye rolling!! :). In fact, it embarrasses me when I receive something in return – either in kind or in gesture. It’s just me or may be it’s just the Taurus in me. I go deep.

This Affogato is for a friend who loves two things as far as I know – espresso and gelato. So, what else could be better than to wish him Happy Birthday with this easy, two-ingredient adult dessert that is so utterly satisfying? A confession to be made here though: I have not had an affogato up until now. And yes, I have been to Italy twice.

Had it not been for his birthday treat, I wouldn’t have thought about making it. I wanted to make two things – an easy chocolate cake (ooo.., after last year’s Red Velvet Cake, I definitely wanted a yummy and easy Birthday Cake. Easy would be an understatement. This Birthday Chocolate Cake for Two was beyond easy and a little selfish 😀 And then…, the Affogato.

So, what’s an affogato?

Affogato means “drowned” in Italian. There is an article on Boston Globe explaining exactly what affogato stands for. Italians use the term affogato “when you’re talking about something so incredibly tasty that it takes your breath away.”

So all you have to do is, make a shot of espresso (I used my built in Bosch to make the espresso and if you don’t have an espresso machine, make some super strong black coffee instead) and pour it over a scoop of vanilla gelato. You’re done! Raise the spoon and make a wish.

You can spike the espresso with a little bit of bourbon as well. After all, this is an adult treat. I will try that next time.

I got a few tips from here: https://www.tastingtable.com/drinks/national/How-to-Make-a-Perfect-Affogato

Affogato, Coffee, Ice Ceam, Gelato, Itanian, Drink, Adult Beverage, Coffee and Ice Cream

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 scoops of gelato (I used vanilla gelato from Whole Foods. You can always use Ice Cream)
  • 2 ounce of steaming hot espresso (I made the Espresso from the Blue Bottle Coffee beans at home). If you don’t have an espresso machine, use plain hot coffee.
  • Chocolate cookies for topping (I used bourbon biscuits)

METHOD:

  • Chill your glass/bowl/mug
  • Put one scoop of gelato or ice cream in each mug or bowl
  • Pour very very hot espresso on the ice cream and see the hot, bitter espresso melts the gelato and creates a pool of deliciousness.
  • Top with some crushed cookies or any other toppings you favor.

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77 thoughts on “Affogato, How to Make an Affogato

  1. I’ve always liked the combination especially when it’s a little warm outside and you don’t want to drink a steaming hot cup of coffee. I think this is perfect and it’s not that difficult to make either!

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  2. I’ve never had affogato before but I didn’t know how on earth to make it either! Sounds absolutely delicious and I’m going to be giving it a try using your suggestions!

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  3. I had never heard of an affogato until about 2 weeks ago. My husband and I were at one of those special Starbucks that offer the reserve label. And he had an affogato. My husband consumes things quickly. And I went into the restroom while waiting for my drink. And when I came out,, he was almost finished. So I never really got to see it. But what a great idea to make one at home. I love the idea of adding a little bourbon. I think the tastes would go together so well. Plus, it’s fun!

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  4. espresso and gelato combined sound wonderful! This would be a great unique dessert for a family gathering, I am going to keep this in mind, thanks for sharing

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  5. You are such a sweet friend making your friend a lovely desert. I have actually never tried affogato before, would you be able to make a decaf version and it still taste good do you think? x

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  6. This sounds so yummy. How sweet of you to make it for your friend. I think I’m going to try this with decaf coffee to see if I like it too!

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  7. All of my favorite things — coffee and ice cream. I have to admit that I’ve never had one either, which seems so crazy. Thanks for making it so easy to enjoy this amazing treat.

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  8. Oh my goodness! This makes me not want to wait for the Italian Christmas markets this year! I LOVE these drinks LOVE them. I probably indulged a bit more than I should have, but they are so delicious as is pretty much everything in Italy. ❤ Affogato all the time! LOL 🙂

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  9. As an Italian, this is something I know very well and absolutely LOVE! Your technique is spot-on and your photos are really inviting…. It’s been quite some time since I lad had an Affogato and you’ve just given me the perfect idea for tonight’s dessert 😀

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  10. I did not know it was this easy to make! I am saving this recipe and making it for our dessert tomorrow. I’d use decaffeinated coffee for the kids though.

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  11. Yum!!!!! I’m more of a tea person but affogatos are just my absolute fave. It doesn’t seem too difficult to make either so I’m definitely gonna give this a try!

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