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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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!
Thank you Michelle, so kind of you. We love our life down at the hut xx
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.
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Oh yes Jacqui I love the sound of a slug of something stronger. Perfect end to a meal! Elinor x
I am loving this dessert idea! Your Affogato will help me get my sweet Starbucks fix at home–in the evening! Perfect.
Oh the perfect end to the day.
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/ ).
Impossible to resist! I do love a hot espresso with ice cream… and your version with amaretti is even more delicious. Lovely post!
Thank you Alida. I love it even when it goes all melty and you end up drinking it!
One of my favourite desserts, this looks awesome! 🙂
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!
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
Wow this looks incredibly delicious. I really love how the cold ice cream meets the warm espresso in affogato. It’s a dream.
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?
Thanks Linda, let me know which ones you cook. It’s always lovely to hear from readers.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
I love affogato – I always have it for my pudding in an Italian restaurant!
It’s delicious isn’t it. Looking forward to saying hi to you soon in Southampton!
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!
Thanks Tiffany. It’s a great Coffee Maker! Elinor x
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
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!!
I’m not a coffee fan, but I must make this for my husband’s family – they’re coffee obsessed!
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.
I have never heard of this but I have bookmarked for tomorrow. Ice cream and coffee are my 2 favourite things
Always a pleasure to write a recipe that someone bookmarks. It’s the best feeling. Thank you x
My husband and FIL would love this, I must give it a try next time we have the family over for dinner
I love love coffee, so this is a welcome recipe for me. Thank you for sharing it. Life at the hut sounds really cool.
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!!
I would love to try this, it looks delicious 🙂 Yum!!
Wow these looks incredible! I love coffee and desert so this is perfect for me. Yum yum! X
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!
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!
I have not heard of Affogato before but it looks and sounds delicious
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!
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.
Thanks Sarah but I am sure it would. Everything cooked or made with love always tastes better x
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.
Oh yes Helen, that hot and cold combo is the dream!
That looks SO yummy, I love all your ideas of things to make in your beach hut
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
OMG starving now! These look delicious and so simple.
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!