Affogato - Wikipedia Commons

How to Make The Perfect Affogato

If you love coffee-flavoured desserts, the make-it-in-minutes affogato is hands down as good as it gets.

Affogato - Chef Master ClassEASY & 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.

Affogato - Wikipedia CommonsThere 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

The best places to order an affogato in Vancouver are Campagnolo Roma and Bella Gelateria, which won the People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Gelato Festival in Florence, Italy.

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