Affogato al caffe’, corretto (Italian gelato with espresso spiked with a shot)
|July 28, 2010||Posted by ameliaps under coffee, dessert, Drinks and cocktails, summer|
…who wants to bake in the summer?
so if you are craving something sweet to end your al fresco meal, this is a winner!
It’s a grown-up’s dessert (actually a mix between a drink and a dessert), both because of the coffee and because of the optional shot of liqueur.
Affogato al caffe’, corretto in Italian means “drowned in coffee, with a shot”. All you need is vanilla gelato (or good ice-cream), coffee and a shot. To make sure the gelato does not melt too fast freeze the cups before serving and use room temperature espresso coffee (unless you like the hot-cold contrast and a more melted effect). I like adding a few coffee beans for crunch and an extra punch.
The shot of liqueur is optional but if you don’t need to go back to work and you are on vacation (preferably over the Med somewhere…) it makes for a wonderful lazy summer afternoon buzz
It’s so easy to prepare. You just pour the semi-hot coffee over the gelato and it turns it into a “float”.
If you do not own an espresso maker I recommend a Bialetti. Of course, you may substitute the espresso with regular (make it forte, that is strong) coffee…but it will not be the same
Affogato al caffe’
Brewed espresso coffee from one 4-serving espresso machine, hot or room temperature
2 Tbsp sugar
1 scoop of vanilla gelato (or ice-cream) per person (4 scoops are about 1/4 gallon)
1 shot per person of kalhua, frangelico, amaretto or other liqueur
Optional: whipped sweetened cream to top
Coffe beans for decoration
Put a scoop of vanilla gelato into 4 small glasses and put bowls in freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving. Brew espresso coffee and sweeten it with the sugar. Pour it into a small serving bottle.
When ready to serve, put each bowl of ice cream on a small dinner plate and set a shot glass with the liquesr next to it. Top the gelato with a coffe bean. Pour the espresso over the gelato, dividing evenly (this makes it affogato, that is drowned) and allow guests to add their own shot, if desired (this makes it corretto, that is with a shot added).
You can, if you wish, top the whole thing with sweetened whipped cream…but I think that is excessive!