Vanilla Bean Affogato
Hot coffee, cold ice cream: this is truly a dessert that everyone can make. Affogare is Italian for “to drown,” which is just what the espresso does to the ice cream here. If you’re like us, you may want to wait a few minutes for the ice cream to melt into the hot espresso a little and pool in the bottom of the glass. Make sure to capture a bit of still-cold ice cream in each spoonful.
Freshly brewed espresso is hard to substitute, but if you don’t have access to an espresso machine, dissolve a few tablespoons of instant espresso powder in ½ cup boiling water.
Total Timeunder 15 minutes
OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Cooking for a date
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and Texturecreamy, sweet
Type of Dishdessert, ice cream
- 1 pint premium vanilla ice cream
- 1 vanilla bean
- ½ cup freshly brewed hot espresso
Divide the ice cream among 4 wide-mouth tumblers or serving bowls. Put the tumblers in the freezer while you prep your espresso.
Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and, using the tip of the knife or a small teaspoon, scrape the seeds of the vanilla bean into the hot espresso. Stir gently.
Slowly pour the espresso mixture over the ice cream in the tumblers. Serve immediately, with small spoons.
2008 Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito