Affogato literally means “drowning” in Italian, which is exactly what this scoop of gelato is doing in a shot of espresso. It’s the best sort of tragedy to happen at the dinner table.
The term affogato means “drowned” in Italian and has essentially come to refer to a single scoop of gelato “drowned” in a single espresso. The author of this particular rendition of it refers to affogato as “The effect of pale and dark, hot meeting cold, sweet and lactic meeting a full, tannic espresso.” Contrary to most things Italian, one must make haste when luxuriating in this dessert so as to capture those moments before the opposing and contrary tastes and temperatures and textures meld into homogeny. As such, the most precatical way to share this with guests is, Roddy cautions, “to keep the gelato and coffee separate and let people do the drowning themselves.” Mark her words.–Renee Schettler Rossi
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 5 M
- Serves 4
- 4 scoops vanilla gelato or fior di latte gelato
- 4 shots freshly brewed espresso
- 1. Plop a scoop of gelato into each of 4 short glasses.
- 2. Give everyone a glass containing a scoop of gelato, a small cup of espresso on the side, and a spoon. On your marks, get set, pour the espresso over ice cream. Plunge your spoon in quickly so as to appreciate the contrast between hot and cold and the still-distinct flavors before the cream melts into the dark liquid.
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Affogato Recipe © 2016 Rachel Roddy. Photo © 2016 Rachel Roddy. All rights reserved.
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