Classic Italian affogato

Classic Italian affogato
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Ready in 10 minutes

Ready in 10 minutes, this Italian affogato recipe is so simple, just douse vanilla ice-cream in espresso coffee.

For a kick of cinnamon, try our chai kulfi affogato instead.


  • 200ml made-up hot strong Cafédirect espresso coffee
  • 4 scoops good-quality vanilla ice cream
  • Plain chocolate (optional)


  1. Make the espresso coffee, which will be enough for 4 little after-dinner coffee cups.
  2. Put the ice cream into 4 dessert glasses or cups. Drown (the literal meaning of affogato) each with coffee and serve while warm and melting. For an added treat, you could melt a few pieces of plain chocolate in the hot coffee before pouring over the ice cream.

delicious. tips

  1. Baileys Ice Cream is also delicious, even though it’s not the real Italian job.


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