Espresso meets gelato: an easy affogato

Affogato – espresso poured over gelato. It sounds fancy but it’s really quite simple – as all good food should be. Serve this easy affogato on a hot day after the mains to a very happy, lazing in the sun lunch crowd.

A totally dunkable chocolate and hazelnut biscotti

This is the easiest affogato recipe made either with espresso and homemade gelato or instant and store bought vanilla ice cream.


Prep time: 15 minutes | Makes 1

2 scoops of vanilla ice cream (store bought or homemade vanilla ice cream)
1 shot of espresso

Optional toppings
Chocolate shavings
Biscotti crumbs


1. Brew a shot of espresso in whatever way pleases your caffeine loving heart. Set it aside to cool slightly.
2. Scoop the vanilla ice cream into a glass, making sure there’s enough room for the coffee to run into the glass (clear glasses versus mugs make for prettier presentation).
3. Pour the espresso over the ice cream. Espresso makes for a marvellous tasting affogato but instant coffee (about 3 tablespoons and a tot of hot water) works just fine.
4. Sprinkle some nuts, chocolate shavings or biscotti crumbs on top and serve with a teaspoon or straw.

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