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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Affogato (Coffee Ice Cream Dessert)

My parents would make this dessert for us when we had some left over vanilla ice cream in the freezer. It is so simple and delicious and I have to confess that I have had it for breakfast on more than one occasion. An affogato (Italian, "choked") is basically vanilla bean ice cream and espresso, that's it! You can also serve it with some chocolate espresso beans or chocolate shavings sprinkled on top!

1-2 scoops good vanilla bean ice cream per person (1 scoop if you want a more liquidy dessert or 2 if you want a more ice-creamy dessert)
1 shot espresso per person
optional: chocolate espresso beans or shaved bitter sweet chocolate for garnish

Place 1-2 scoops of ice cream in a coffee cup, cover with wrap and place in freezer until you are ready for dessert (This is a great do-ahead dessert)
Brew 1 shot of espresso per person just before dessert
Pour the hot espresso over each glass of ice-cream and sprinkle some chocolate espresso beans on top and serve with a small spoon.
Buon Appetito!

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