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Italian Affogato Recipe – Ice Cream And Coffee

This Affogato recipe is the easiest dessert to whip up when you’re entertaining or want a sweet treat after dinner. Made with vanilla ice cream and coffee, grated dark chocolate and a cheeky splash of nocino nut liqueur.

A photo of ice cream scoops in a glass with coffee getting poured over the top to make an affogato recipe

When it comes to Italian desserts this affogato recipe is up there on the top of my list along side tiramisu and one of the reasons I love it so much is because it is SO darn easy and literally takes 5 minutes or less to make.

A 5 minute pud with creamy vanilla ice cream, a strong punch of coffee and nut liquer…YES I’m all over that!

I know what you’re thinking…it’s just going to melt straight away and turn into a weird, warm milkshake type thing but it doesn’t. The ice cream stays nice and cold with the warm coffee and it’s SO delicious. It’s like you’re after dinner coffee and dessert all in one!

What Does Affogato Mean?

Well I’m glad you asked…. affogato means poached or drowned. For example poached eggs in Italian is le uova affogate so this dessert is like ice cream poached or drowned in warm coffee and nutty liqueur..ehhh yum!

How To Make This Affogato Recipe

Brew an espresso (one per person). Scoop 1-2 scoops of vanilla ice cream into a wide glass or bowl and pour over a shot of espresso (photos 1-3).

Step by step photos for making an affogato recipe

Pour 1 tbsp of nocino nut liqueur or your liqueur of choice over the ice cream and grate over a little dark chocolate (photos 3 & 4).

Grab a spoon and dig in.

Tips For Making The Best Affogato Recipe;

  • Use espresso coffee (100% arabica is best) or 3-4 tbsp of strong brewed coffee
  • Use a high quality vanilla ice cream and keep it in the freezer for as long as possible. If using soft scoop/serve then keep it in until your coffee is ready if not take it out 5 mins before.
  • Use a nut based liqueur if possible the nuttiness goes really well with the coffee
  • Use a different flavoured ice cream or gelato if you don’t have vanilla, hazelnut or tiramisu flavour would be so delicious!
  • You could add chopped nuts such as hazelnuts or an extra crunch

An overhead shot of two affogatos in glasses with ice cream cones broken up around them

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Italian Affogato Recipe

This Affogato recipe is the easiest dessert to whip up when you're entertaining or want a sweet treat after dinner.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword affogato dessert, ice cream and coffee, Italian Affogato
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 310kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 shot espresso
  • 1 tbsp nut liqueur
  • dark chocolate , for grating on top

Instructions

  • Brew an espresso (one per person). Scoop 1-2 scoops of vanilla ice cream into a wide glass or bowl and pour over a shot of espresso.
  • Pour 1 tbsp of nocino nut liqueur or your liqueur of choice over the ice cream and grate over a little dark chocolate.

Notes

Tips For Making The Best Affogato Recipe;

  • Use espresso coffee (100% arabica is best) or 3-4 tbsp of strong brewed coffee
  • Use a high quality vanilla ice cream and keep it in the freezer for as long as possible. If using soft scoop/serve then keep it in until your coffee is ready if not take it out 5 mins before.
  • Use a nut based liqueur if possible the nuttiness goes really well with the coffee
  • Use a different flavoured ice cream or gelato if you don't have vanilla, hazelnut or tiramisu flavour would be so delicious!
  • You could add chopped nuts such as hazelnuts or an extra crunch
Nutrition Facts
Italian Affogato Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 109mg 5%
Potassium 262mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Sugars 31g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 11.1%
Calcium 16.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Italian Affogato Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 109mg 5%
Potassium 262mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Sugars 31g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 11.1%
Calcium 16.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Helpful Info For All Recipes 
  • I always use extra virgin olive oil in all of my recipes unless stated otherwise
  • When I use canned or jarred tomatoes of any kind I always use this brand for the best results and flavour
  • All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
  • All recipes are tested and developed using a fan oven
  • Read more about how the nutritional information is calculated here
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Italian Affogato Recipe. Vanilla ice cream with warm espresso coffee and a splash of nut liqueur. Finally it's topped with shavings of dark chocolate for a super quick but absolutely delicious authentic Italian dessert ready in 5 minutes. Authentic Italian Recipes | Italian Dessert | Easy Desserts | #icecream #Italian #coffee #espresso #insidetherustickitchen

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    July 29, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Oh my goodness this sounds amazing! How is it I’ve never even heard of this before? I need this in my life!

  • Reply
    Ellen
    July 29, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    I have always wanted to make this and now I have an awesome recipe!

  • Reply
    Jaclyn Anne
    July 29, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Affogato combines my two favorite things – ice cream and coffee. Yum!

  • Reply
    Kelli Kerkman
    July 29, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Yes! Affogato is the perfect after-dinner drink/dessert!

  • Reply
    Hannah
    July 29, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    I love affogato coffee, because I want a treat and a coffee as well at the same time. 😀 Such amazing combo!

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