Ported from my LJ
This was a day when I really wanted/needed a shot of espresso and something sweet to go with it. And I had no desserts in the house except for a tub of French vanilla ice cream in the freezer.
An “affogato” is a coffee based vanilla ice cream or gelato dessert. I used espresso, or rather espresso made with instant espresso powder, for a fast dessert that wasn’t overly sweet.
Affogato Espresso – serves 1
1 shot (1 1/2 oz) espresso
2 scoops (1/2 cup) French vanilla ice cream
Note: Since I don’t have an espresso machine, I made my espresso by combining 1 tsp espresso powder with 1 1/2 oz of water that had been brought to a boil. If you like a stronger espresso, use 1 1/2 tsp espresso powder but the lower amount was plenty for me.
For company, serve each person a bowl of ice cream and a freshly brewed shot of espresso which they can pour over their own ice cream.
In a sturdy glass, add the ice cream and pour the shot of espresso over it..
Dig in with a teaspoon, cause you want to savour each mouthful.
You can freeze the ice cream in the bowl and pour cooled espresso over it, or, as I did, pour the hot espresso over the freshly scooped ice cream for an ice cream ‘float’.