Italian Affogato

Italian Affogato – A delicious Italian dessert made from vanilla gelato or ice cream and topped with espresso. This indulgent treat is perfect for summer.

Italian Affogato

Italian Affogato

Calling all coffee lovers! This affogato recipe creamy coffee perfection and SO easy to make with just two simple ingredients.  Now if you haven’t heard of affogato before, no worries.  It’s an Italian dessert made with vanilla gelato (or ice cream) and espresso.  That’s it! Really, it’s just those two ingredients!

This recipe is the perfect balance of hot and cold as you serve the espresso over it hot and freshly brewed.  It melts the ice cream immediately and creates this delicious creamy coffee that is phenomenal.  It is definitely a dessert that you have to eat immediately.

Affogato Recipe

Common questions about making affogato

How do I eat an affogato?

You can eat it either using a spoon or even just drinking it, depending on how melted it is.

What does affogato taste like?

Affogato tastes like a creamy coffee flavored ice cream.  I have found that it has a bit stronger of an espresso flavor than coffee ice cream but it is still very similar.  Additionally, you can add additional flavors to it with toppings such as

  • Shaved chocolate
  • Chopped hazelnuts
  • Cinnamon
  • Salted caramel
  • Chocolate sauce

Is affogato vegan?

Affogato is not traditionally vegan but it can be made dairy-free/vegan very easily.  Instead of dairy-based ice cream/gelato, try using coconut-based ice cream or any other type of vegan-friendly ice cream.

What does affogato mean?

Affogato is Italian for “drowned” which comes from the fact that the espresso drowns the ice cream/gelato.

Easy Affogato

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Yield: 1 serving

Italian Affogato

Italian Affogato - A delicious Italian dessert made from vanilla gelato or ice cream and topped with espresso. This indulgent treat is perfect for summer.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream or gelato
  • 1 shot espresso*

Instructions

  1. Place ice cream or gelato in a coffee cup.
  2. Brew espresso and pour it over the ice cream while still hot.
  3. Top with shaved chocolate, chopped hazelnuts, or caramel. (optional)
  4. Serve immediately.

Notes

*If you don't have access to espresso, you can use 1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee instead.

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