What is Affogato?
Affogato ice cream or affogato al caffè is an espresso-based dessert consisting of a scoop of vanilla-flavored gelato or ice cream served with a shot of hot espresso poured on top. The dish is the perfect balance of hot and cold and Italian in origin, likely invented soon after the espresso machine but not rising to popularity until the late 1900s.
How to Make Affogato Coffee Without Espresso?
To make this affogato coffee recipe without espresso, you must freeze distill your coffee until it is concentrated enough to replace espresso. To do this, start by freezing an already brewed coffee (both hot and cold brew work) in an ice cube tray.
Once frozen, take the coffee cubes out and thaw in either the refrigerator or at room temperature. Use a brew basket without a filter to act as a funnel and check frequently. The coffee solid containing liquid will thaw first, so the cubes will become pale and transparent as time passes. Set these pale ice cubes aside and use the melted dark and concentrated coffee for your affogato.
What Is the Best Ice Cream for Affogato?
When making affogato ice cream at home, homemade vanilla bean gelato is the best choice for the classic affogato flavor and texture. Some store-bought gelatos also work well, and you can even use high-quality vanilla or other flavored ice creams for a similar result. When it comes to toppings, chocolate shavings, crushed biscotti, and chopped hazelnuts yield the best results.
What to Serve with Affogato?
While affogato is generally considered the ultimate simple dessert, its versatility means it can be dressed up quite easily. Serve your affogato with a variety of different toppings and ice cream flavors to choose from, and keep a tray of biscuits to be enjoyed as a side. If you like wine with your ice cream, go for something like German Riesling, Argentinian Malbec, or Californian Pinot Noir.
Here are some of our delicious recipes you can serve with Affogato: