Affogato, meaning “drowned” in Italian, is a sublimely simple dessert. All you have to do is pour a shot of espresso over vanilla gelato or ice cream and top it with some lightly whipped cream. Biscotti make a perfect accompaniment, or, if you’re a chocolate lover, shave some dark chocolate on top of the finished dessert. Have everyone assembled at the table ready to eat before you pour the warm espresso over the gelato.
1 pint vanilla gelato or vanilla ice cream
4 shots freshly brewed espresso
Lightly whipped cream for serving
Place a large scoop of gelato into each of 4 individual glasses or bowls.
Pour 1 shot of espresso over each ice cream scoop.
Top with a dollop of whipped cream and serve immediately. Serves 4.