If you love coffee-flavoured desserts, the make-it-in-minutes affogato is hands down as good as it gets.
EASY & DELISH | The best coffee-flavoured dessert in the world? Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel think it’s the affogato, and I would have to agree. According to the celebrity press, the Timberlakes served this simple Italian treat made with a shot of espresso and a scoop of Italian gelato to go along with the almond and coconut wedding cake at their nuptials in southern Italy.
Affogato is the Italian word for drowned; an affogato al caffé is a dessert that is drowning in coffee. Some folks will try to make it all sexy by adding liqueur, cocoa nibs, dulce de leche, whatever, but I think the classic two-ingredient affogato is already a perfect marriage of opposites: hot and cold combined, bitter and sweet side by side.
There is no wrong way to make an affogato, but I like to put a scoop of vanilla gelato (or vanilla ice cream) in a small, chilled bowl and then pour a single hot shot of espresso (strong coffee works too, though espresso delivers the more dramatic result) around the side of the gelato, dribbling a bit on the top to encourage mingling.
That’s it—and if you are an espresso lover, you are going to think you’ve died and gone to heaven. —Annabel Lee