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I can’t think of a quicker way to get a little indulgence than this simple dessert – Affogato. This Italian treat’s full name is Affogato al Café (drowned in coffee) and it consists of a scoop of ice cream and a shot of espresso, or very strong brewed coffee poured over the top.

I saw this on Nigella Lawson’s TV show, and since I don’t have an espresso machine, I made mine with strong coffee, the regular type. You can also add a shot of Kahlua, or Baileys and you have a great light dessert for your next dinner party.

For regular coffee you add 1 tablespoon for each 6 oz (1 cup) of water. To make Affogato, go for 1½ to 2 tablespoons of coffee for each 6 oz (1 cup) of water to get a strong brew.



Inspired on Nigella Lawson‘s Affogato
4 servings

1 pint of vanilla ice cream
2 cups of very strong coffee
Optional: A shot of Kahlua or Baileys


  1. Prepare your coffee using 2 cups of water and 3 to 4 tablespoons of ground coffee.
  2. Place a scoop of ice cream on a small plate, or an Irish coffee glass and pour coffee over it, dividing it evenly between the 4 servings.
  3. Add the shot of liquor, if using Enjoy with a spoon.



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