affogato vanilla ice cream gelato inspired dessert with espresso coffee poured over

Affogato

An Affogato is a coffee based dessert made from scoops of vanilla ice cream or gelato with hot espresso poured over hence the name – affogato means “drowned”.

affogato vanilla ice cream gelato inspired dessert with espresso coffee poured over - beachhutcook

Sometimes when we’ve been working all day and haven’t had any beach time, we walk down to the beach hut to have a cup of coffee to watch the sunset.  It’s a simple pleasure and one that makes us feel settled and complete.  It’s a way to mark the end of the day, catch up, and chat about stuff.  Even if we haven’t got any news to tell each other we often talk about where we want to go travelling, which festival we would love to try out or I might run a recipe idea past my gang.  Mainly it’s just home-admin stuff, you know the sort of thing. 

affogato vanilla ice cream gelato inspired dessert with espresso coffee poured over - beachhutcook

At the beach hut we have a single burner camping stove (double burner with grill was stolen last year – urgh!) so making proper coffee is a challenge but I’ve been trying out this pour over from OXO Good Grips which means we now can enjoy great tasting coffee effortlessly.  No fuss, just pour hot water into the top water tank (which has measurements marked on the side) which feeds through over ground coffee straight into your cup.  No fuss, no drama just easy and so is the clearing up, just a simple washing-up job. 

affogato vanilla ice cream gelato inspired dessert with espresso coffee poured over - beachhutcook

affogato vanilla ice cream gelato inspired dessert with espresso coffee poured over - beachhutcook

This weekend was a constant succession of house painting and diy jobs which we don’t really enjoy but it does mean everything looks lovely, fresh and clean once you’ve finished.  So we treated ourselves to an after dinner treat at the beach hut of an Italian inspired dessert we enjoyed when we last visited Bologna together.  Talks of more family trips to Italy started and we stayed until our second cup of coffee before we walked home together.

affogato vanilla ice cream gelato inspired dessert with espresso coffee poured over - beachhutcook

Affogato
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream (not soft scoop)
  2. Handful of amaretti biscuits, crushed into large pieces
  3. Dark chocolate, finely shredded
  4. 1 serving of espresso coffee
Instructions
  1. Place the ice cream in a bowl; decorate with as much amaretti pieces and dark chocolate shreds as you like. When ready, slowly pour over the coffee and eat straightaway.
Notes
  1. Note: you will need a harder set ice cream for this dish as the soft scoop variety melts far too quickly.
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affogato vanilla ice cream gelato inspired dessert with espresso coffee poured over - beachhutcook

affogato vanilla ice cream gelato inspired dessert with espresso coffee poured over - beachhutcook

This post was commissioned by OXO Good Grips. I was not expected to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own. 

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  • Reply Michelle Rolfe 3rd September 2017 at 10:43 am

    I love a good coffee and ice cream and this is one of my go to desserts in a restaurant when its on the menu. Not sure why I’ve never made it at home before but now reading this post I will definitely do so (especially as I know I have a very nice hard set vanilla ice cream waiting in the freezer!). Love reading your posts and love the look of your beach hut, it looks like a heaven there and a great place to unwind from the day to day life stresses!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 3rd September 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Thank you Michelle, so kind of you. We love our life down at the hut xx

  • Reply Jacqui - Recipes Made Easy 3rd September 2017 at 10:02 pm

    One of my favourite instant desserts. I some time add a slug of Kahlua or amaretto to the coffee, but i have not added chocolate or amaretti but I rather like the sound of that so next time…..

    can I also say I just love all you retro dish Im dead jealous.

    Thank you for linking up to #CookBlogShare

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 22nd September 2017 at 10:00 am

      Oh yes Jacqui I love the sound of a slug of something stronger. Perfect end to a meal! Elinor x

  • Reply Rachel 4th September 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I am loving this dessert idea! Your Affogato will help me get my sweet Starbucks fix at home–in the evening! Perfect.

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 22nd September 2017 at 10:01 am

      Oh the perfect end to the day.

  • Reply Chicken Malai Boti 5th September 2017 at 9:46 am

    Really awesome and delicious.This recipe had a really good taste & yummy. The whole family enjoyed this recipe and easy to make. Before this, I made My mom Favorite dish Malai Boti from one of the best cooking website sharing a link with you: (https://www.sooperchef.pk/malai-boti-recipe/ ).

  • Reply Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen 5th September 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Impossible to resist! I do love a hot espresso with ice cream… and your version with amaretti is even more delicious. Lovely post!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 22nd September 2017 at 10:02 am

      Thank you Alida. I love it even when it goes all melty and you end up drinking it!

  • Reply Emma Raphael 8th September 2017 at 9:12 am

    One of my favourite desserts, this looks awesome! 🙂

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 22nd September 2017 at 10:03 am

      Thanks Emma. My kids love it too and add perhaps a little too much coffee and end up swamping it but I secretly prefer it that way!

  • Reply Cia Black 10th September 2017 at 12:24 am

    I don’t know if I could have this a night after a long day but I sure wouldn’t mind having it in the morning to wake me up since I’m not a big fan of coffee. But Ice cream I sure am. Thank for sharing this because I really never have heard of this nor would have ever thought of it

  • Reply Yana 10th September 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Wow this looks incredibly delicious. I really love how the cold ice cream meets the warm espresso in affogato. It’s a dream.

  • Reply Linda 11th September 2017 at 5:14 am

    I’ll have to try this out, plus other recipes on your blog! I’m not a coffee person though, anything I can replace it with?

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 22nd September 2017 at 10:04 am

      Thanks Linda, let me know which ones you cook. It’s always lovely to hear from readers.

  • Reply Joanna 11th September 2017 at 3:49 pm

    I didn’t know it was so easy to make affogato. I have tried it not long before for the first time and loved it. Who knew ice cream and coffee go so well together.

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 22nd September 2017 at 10:05 am

      I know Joanna! Why haven’t we made this all the time?! All those long complicated dessert recipes for dinner parties and this is the answer! My world is complete!

  • Reply Nina 11th September 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Wow that really looks awesome! I love the idea and how simple it is to make. I’m a big coffee drinker myself, so I would love this.

  • Reply Nicole V 12th September 2017 at 5:56 pm

    This recipe sounds so quick and easy! I’ve never tried it before but will consider it since it’s not so hard to make!

  • Reply Elizabeth O 13th September 2017 at 3:55 pm

    I am loving these kind of recipe. So quick and easy. and it looks so delicious and tempting dessert. It’s my pleasure to try this recipe.

  • Reply Heidi Roberts 17th September 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I love affogato – I always have it for my pudding in an Italian restaurant!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 22nd September 2017 at 10:06 am

      It’s delicious isn’t it. Looking forward to saying hi to you soon in Southampton!

  • Reply Tiffany Yong 18th September 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I’m not a coffee person but coffee-flavoured ice-cream is always an exception! Friends who are coffee-lovers always tell me how difficult it is to make a proper cup of good coffee (instant mix not counted!) Sharing with them all!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 18th September 2017 at 2:20 pm

      Thanks Tiffany. It’s a great Coffee Maker! Elinor x

  • Reply Glamorous Glutton 18th September 2017 at 6:06 pm

    I love the look of your beach hut life. I had no idea Oxo Goodgrips did one of these, I’m a big fan of their products as I am of affogato. GG

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 22nd September 2017 at 10:08 am

      Thanks, we do love it at the beach hut and spend silly amounts of time there. Even when the weather turns I am huddled up with blanket on my knees. Yes, on my knees!!

  • Reply Helen 19th September 2017 at 3:42 pm

    I’m not a coffee fan, but I must make this for my husband’s family – they’re coffee obsessed!

  • Reply Anosa 19th September 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Affogato is something very new to me but something I would definitely like to taste one day, vanilla is my favourite ice cream so would go down a treat.

  • Reply Clare Nicholas 19th September 2017 at 7:26 pm

    I have never heard of this but I have bookmarked for tomorrow. Ice cream and coffee are my 2 favourite things

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 22nd September 2017 at 10:09 am

      Always a pleasure to write a recipe that someone bookmarks. It’s the best feeling. Thank you x

  • Reply Sarah | A Few Favourite Things 19th September 2017 at 9:45 pm

    My husband and FIL would love this, I must give it a try next time we have the family over for dinner

  • Reply Nafisah 20th September 2017 at 11:39 am

    I love love coffee, so this is a welcome recipe for me. Thank you for sharing it. Life at the hut sounds really cool.

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 22nd September 2017 at 10:10 am

      Thanks, we love our little hut. It’s only a short walk from our house and we spend as much time there as possible. What ever the weather!!

  • Reply Claire 20th September 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I would love to try this, it looks delicious 🙂 Yum!!

  • Reply Yvonne 20th September 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Wow these looks incredible! I love coffee and desert so this is perfect for me. Yum yum! X

  • Reply Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... 20th September 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Coffee and ice cream ,2 of my favourite things! I have to admit I have never had an espresso (it is on my bucket list for the year!) so now I have another excuse for buying some!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 22nd September 2017 at 10:11 am

      Yes indeed. I love how you can guage the right about of coffee to add but if I am honest, I go all guns and add way too much!

  • Reply Kara 21st September 2017 at 9:56 am

    I have not heard of Affogato before but it looks and sounds delicious

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 22nd September 2017 at 10:13 am

      Kara, it’s just the best dinner party meal. I glam it up a bit for adults but they can add what they like and it’s way better than all those long winded pudding recipes I have slaved to!

  • Reply sarah (theparentingtrials) 21st September 2017 at 7:59 pm

    this looks delicious, i haven’t come across it before. Might have to try and make it for my partner one day, thou i doubt it will look any where near as nice.

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 22nd September 2017 at 10:13 am

      Thanks Sarah but I am sure it would. Everything cooked or made with love always tastes better x

  • Reply Helen Wills 21st September 2017 at 9:42 pm

    This is one of my absolute favourite desserts. I’m usually too stuffed after a nice dinner to be able to manage dessert, but this is always something I can manage, and I love the combination of hot and cold together.

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 22nd September 2017 at 10:14 am

      Oh yes Helen, that hot and cold combo is the dream!

  • Reply Stephanie 21st September 2017 at 9:43 pm

    That looks SO yummy, I love all your ideas of things to make in your beach hut

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 22nd September 2017 at 10:15 am

      Aw thanks Stephanie. That’s so kind. We love it there and have the best of times when we are all together. It’s hard these days as our boys are big boys now and are always out and about but time together is like gold. x

  • Reply DJT @ Thinking Thrifty 22nd September 2017 at 9:54 am

    OMG starving now! These look delicious and so simple.

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 22nd September 2017 at 10:17 am

      Thanks, it’s always a big hit when it’s simple. I like simple. After years of making such complicated recipes I am all for the easy life!

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