Today’s recipe is very simple. I am not even sure it can be considered a “recipe” per se, as you don’t really have to cook anything for it. However, Affogato al Caffe is a traditional Italian dessert that deserves to be on this blog, which is all about traditional Italian food! I personally love it and I often make it at home. Even though it is very simple to make, I still find that there are so many wrong recipes out there. So let’s get this straight once and for all: to make Affogato (which literally means “drowned”), you need only 1 scoop of vanilla gelato and 1 shot of espresso. If you use more gelato or American coffee, you will not have Affogato, it is going to taste completely different. So even though the recipe is simple, you need to keep the right proportions when you make it, if you want to obtain the right flavour and texture. That said, you can add a splash of liqueur – like Amaretto di Saronno – if you like, but I prefer my Affogato plain. I would recommend using my Fiordilatte Gelato recipe to make Affogato to achieve the exact flavour you would get if you were to order this in Italy. Enjoy!
Affogato al Caffe
Affogato al Caffe - how to make it the traditional way!
- 1 shot of espresso
- 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
Put the scoop of vanilla ice cream in a coffee cup and pour the hot espresso shot on it.
Serve immediately with a teaspoon.
Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts says
Whether it is a recipe or not….It has coffee in it so it is a winner in my book!
This is one of my favourite ways to end a meal 🙂
Nicola Hodges says
Is it acceptable traditional Italian way to put gelato in a BOWL with coffee on top?
Or is it generally in a small cup?
I have had it served either way in Italy. The important thing is to keep the right proportions between ice cream and espresso. 🙂