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Italian Affogato Recipe – Ice Cream And Coffee

July 18, 2018 (Last Updated: July 23, 2020) by Emily

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How to make an Italian Affogato! This is the easiest dessert to whip up when you’re entertaining or want a last-minute sweet treat after dinner. Made with rich vanilla ice cream and espresso coffee, grated dark chocolate, and a cheeky splash of nocino nut liqueur, delicious!

A photo of coffee getting poured over ice cream in a glass

When it comes to Italian desserts this affogato recipe is up there on the top of my list alongside tiramisu and panna cotta!

One of the reasons I love it so much is because it is so incredibly easy to make, I’m talking 5 minutes max and you’re guaranteed to have everything you need in your kitchen! It’s really that easy.

A 5-minute sweet treat made with creamy vanilla ice cream, a strong punch of espresso coffee and nut liqueur, omg it’s just incredible! The boozy addition is totally optional but so worth it.

I know what you’re thinking, it’s just going to melt straight away and turn into a warm coffee milkshake type thing but it doesn’t!

You eat the cold ice cream then drink the warm, sweet coffee afterward and it’s so delicious. It’s like your after-dinner espresso and dessert all in one!

How to make an Italian Affogato – step by step

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 dessert

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

Top tips and recipe FAQs

  • Coffee – Use espresso coffee (100% arabica is best) or 3-4 tbsp of strong brewed coffee. To make the coffee use an Italian moka pot or coffee machine.
  • Liqueur (optional) – I love to add a splash of liqueur such as Nocino or Frangelico (nut liqueur), a coffee-based liqueur or Cointreau.
  • Toppins – If you want to add a bit of crunchy texture then chopped hazelnuts are delicious on top, you could also sprinkle over some grated chocolate.
  • Serving glasses – a small drinking glass is best for serving this dessert, it should be just big enough to hold the ice cream.
What does Affogato mean?

Affogato means drowned or poached. 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!

How do you eat it?

The best way to eat an affogato is with a spoon, eat the ice cream first and then drink the coffee along with any melted ice cream.

What’s the best ice cream to use?

A good high-quality vanilla ice cream is what’s traditionally used but you can use any flavour you like, stracciatella, Nutella and pistachio ice cream are other Italian flavours I love to use.

Is it hot or cold?

This dessert is warm it’s a perfect mix of ice cold ice cream and hot coffee, so delicious!

An overhead shot of two affogato desserts 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
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 310kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream high quality
  • 1 shot espresso
  • 1 tbsp nut or coffee liqueur (optional)
  • 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

  • Coffee – Use espresso coffee (100% arabica is best) or 3-4 tbsp of strong brewed coffee. To make the coffee use an Italian moka pot or coffee machine.
  • Liqueur (optional) – I love to add a splash of liqueur such as Nocino or Frangelico(nut liqueur), a coffee-based liqueur or Cointreau.
  • Toppins – If you want to add a bit of crunchy texture then chopped hazelnuts are delicious on top, you could also sprinkle over some grated chocolate.
  • Serving glasses – a small drinking glass is best for serving this dessert, it should be just big enough to hold the ice cream.

Nutrition

Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 262mg | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 555IU | Calcium: 169mg
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12 Comments

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    Peggy
    June 11, 2019 at 4:51 am

    My daughter made this and I am 65 and don’t know how I never heard of it before but I love it! I have awful insomnia so I am planning to make it for breakfast tomorrow for my man and I! He is going to really think I am special! LOL5 stars

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    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!5 stars

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    Ellen
    July 29, 2018 at 3:04 pm

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

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    Jaclyn Anne
    July 29, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Affogato combines my two favorite things – ice cream and coffee. Yum!5 stars

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    Kelli Kerkman
    July 29, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Yes! Affogato is the perfect after-dinner drink/dessert!5 stars

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    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!5 stars

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