Affogato is a super easy Italian dessert that is traditionally made with a scoop of vanilla gelato and a shot of espresso. It’s great for summer since the cold gelato cools the espresso and adds a rich creaminess to the drink. It’s sweet, decadent and refreshing. There are no hard rules though, I’ve seen affogatos made with chocolate or caramel ice cream with espresso or coffee.
This dessert is a bit nostalgic for me though. Growing up, I remember my dad scooping his favorite ice cream, butter pecan, into a mug and topping it off with hot coffee. It was his special treat. When I was in high school I sometimes would indulge and put a couple of scoops of butter pecan ice cream in my morning coffee. So bad, but oh, so good!
Affogato is also great for entertaining, so easy to throw together and no fuss. It’s a simple but satisfying way to end a dinner party.
I love that the Gourmesso coffee pods are compatible with the Nespresso machine and at a fraction of the price. Do you get excited when the room fills with the intoxicating aroma of freshly brewed coffee? I do!
Caramel Butter Pecan Affogato
Makes 1 drink/dessert
2 scoops of caramel butter pecan ice cream (or your favorite ice cream or gelato)
1 shot of espresso (I used Gourmesso Vanilla – Soffio Vaniglia)
Roughly chopped candied pecans (I used store bought candied pecans from Trader Joe’s)
Shaved chocolate (I just used a microplane and a chocolate bar)
- Make one shot of espresso and put into a medium size cup
- Add 1 to 2 scoops of caramel butter pecan ice cream
- Top with chopped candied pecans and shaved chocolate