The simplicity of this Italian dessert allows for creative deviations
Italy has given us many great culinary treats — pizza, risotto, lasagna and tiramisu, just to name a few. But affogato rarely gets its due.
What is affogato? In its classic form, it’s gelato or ice cream doused with a shot of very hot espresso. Affogato means “drowned” in Italian. The dessert is meant to be easy and delicious. But its very simplicity allows for wonderful, creative deviations. Add your favorite liqueur, dessert wine or amaro.
You also can dress it up with a few fresh berries and crushed biscotti crumbs. Whatever you use, make sure ingredients are of the highest quality because there’s no place for them to hide in this concoction.
1 scoop vanilla, chocolate or coffee gelato or high quality ice cream
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of your favorite liqueur or dessert wine
2 ounces very hot espresso
Candied fruit, fresh berries, crushed biscotti, nuts or a combination to top it
Place well-packed scoop of gelato or ice cream in a chilled bowl. Drizzle with liqueur and douse with very hot espresso or strong French press coffee. Add preferred toppings. Serve immediately.
Phil Newton is a Galveston baker/cook. He’s the owner/operator of Stiglich Corner with partner Cindy Roberts.