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”.
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.
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.
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.
- 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream (not soft scoop)
- Handful of amaretti biscuits, crushed into large pieces
- Dark chocolate, finely shredded
- 1 serving of espresso coffee
- 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.
- Note: you will need a harder set ice cream for this dish as the soft scoop variety melts far too quickly.
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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