Affogato al Caffe

Affogato al caffe

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“Affogato” means “drowned” in Italian.
I prefer it as simple but you can top it up with crushed amaretti biscuits or caramelized nuts.
Affogato al caffe

It is actually my son, Stavros’, favourite dessert to whip up!

A scoop of vanilla gelato and a shot of hot espresso right on top…

Affogato al caffe

Jamie Oliver suggests using scoops of vanilla ice cream sprinkled with roasted almonds, Amaretti or Italian biscotti, drenched in pecan and roast Arabica coffee. Others like using different flavours of ice cream, like butterscotch or mocha. Some add tiny pieces of chocolate cake under the gelato. 

Affogato al Caffe


500 g best quality vanilla ice cream

6 shots of espresso coffee

crushed Amaretti biscuits (optional)

crushed caramelised almonds (optional)


1. Using an espresso machine follow the manufacturer’s instructions and make 6 shots of espresso, one at a time.

2. Place one or two scoops of vanilla ice cream into a short and wide glass or an ice cream bowl.

3. Pour the hot espresso over the top of the ice cream.

4. Sprinkle with some crushed Amaretti biscuits or crushed pralined almonds. It’s really as simple as this!

Serves 6