Coffee / Cream / Sweet

Affogato (Ice cream + Espresso)

Today’s recipe is for you coffee lovers. The affogato: that simple Italian dessert that oh-so-lusciously melds ice cream and espresso. Affogato translates to mean drowning, and in the case of this fast-melting dessert, it’s the sweet velvety ice cream that is drowning in a shot of dark and bitter espresso. There isn’t a whole lot to this recipe – brew, scoop, pour and eat – that’s it. Pleasure in simplicity.


½ cup water

½ cup light muscavado sugar

¼ tsp vanilla extract

½ tbsp coffee flavoured liqueur

1 shot strong espresso – or 1 tbsp of strong instant coffee granules

Good quality ice cream – vanilla bean, coffee or a combination of both

2 shots of espresso

In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir together the water, sugar and vanilla until sugar is dissolved. Bring to the boil, add the coffee and liqueur and cook for approx. 10-12 minutes until thickened slightly. Remove from the heat and pop in the fridge to cool completely.

Place two generous scoops of ice cream into each serving glass and pour over the extra hot shots of espresso and finish with a drizzle of the coffee syrup and serve quickly!

Serves 2


3 thoughts on “Affogato (Ice cream + Espresso)

  1. Oh my yes. I am a coffee lover. I bought myself a new dark roasted medium blend for my cafetiere yesterday – it’s wonderful. We have this every time my girlfriend and I visit her closest chocolaterie.

  2. Mmm, I love coffee although I restrain myself and don’t drink it often because if I did, I think I would get hooked on the stuff! But this recipe definitely merits a coffee indulgence….yummy! :)

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