Thursday, March 11, 2010

AFFOGATO


Many years ago while on holiday in Rome, I had the most delicious dessert, a perfect scoop of vanilla gelato immersed in a shot of piping hot espresso.  Called affogato, Italian for "drowned", this simple dessert has a wonderful complexity.  Affogato is a study in contrasts: freezing cold and piping hot, intensely bitter but ever so sweet, deep, dark melding with creamy lightness. Versatile, sophisticated and ridiculously easy to make, drown yourself in a dish of affogato tonight.

Freeze the cups you plan to serve the dessert in for 20 minutes or longer. Prepare a fresh pot of hot espresso coffee.  Scoop gelato into cups and top with a shot of hot espresso.  For dinner parties, I like to add a splash of Grand Marnier or Amaretto liquor.

While vanilla gelato is traditional, chocolate, pistachio or caramel would be delicious too.

2 comments:

The Zhush said...

Delicioso!

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

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Gwen