Italian Affogato

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There are few things as delightful as indulging in an Italian Affogato. Whether enjoyed for dessert, as a mid-day energizer, or a decadent start to the day, the combination of creamy sweet gelato and piping hot espresso are a match made in heaven.

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This is a very simple, two-ingredient treat, so it’s important to use the best quality ingredients you can find. Affogato originated in Italy, so for authenticity’s sake, seek out Italian gelato and espresso beans. I love classic vanilla gelato, but caramel is also lovely here. Of course, ice cream can always be used in a pinch. Your shot of espresso should be hot: the gelato is meant to melt and combine with the espresso to create a creamy, sweet drink. Enjoy!

Affogato

Italian Affogato

Whether enjoyed for dessert, as a mid-day energizer, or a decadent start to the day, the combination of creamy sweet gelato and piping hot espresso are a match made in heaven. This is a very simple, two-ingredient treat, so it’s important to use the best quality ingredients you can find.
4.67 from 6 votes
Servings: 1
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 scoop vanilla or caramel gelato (or ice cream)
  • 1 shot espresso (hot)

Instructions 

  • Add a scoop of gelato to a cup or a small mug. Pour over a shot of your favorite Italian espresso and enjoy!

Notes

While espresso is traditional, this can also be made with a cup of strong, hot coffee. If you don’t have an espresso maker at home, you can buy a shot (or 2) of espresso from your favorite coffee shop and reheat it at home. 
If you can’t find gelato, ice cream will work just fine. 
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  1. I will definitely love trying this out… gotta get an espresso machine . Sounds delicious thank you

    1. Yes, it is so delicious! You can also buy a double shot of espresso from a local coffee shop, or use coffee.