Word of Mouth: Affogato

affogato: n. An Italian, coffee-based dessert consisting of vanilla gelato (or ice cream) topped with a shot of espresso. Affogato means "drowned" in Italian.

This is a really quick summer dessert (made better by a fancy name). Get some elaborate and boozy versions, below...

Of course, hot espresso and cold ice cream doesn't seem like a good combination. You might end up with more of a float or possibly a soup. We'd let the coffee or espresso cool slightly before pouring it over the ice cream.

If a traditional affogato feels a little to simple for you, add whipped cream, nuts, or a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Or mix up your ice cream flavors. The one pictured above, Martha Stewart Living, uses coffee ice cream and adds a splash of liqueur (like amaretto or Frangelico).

Coffee Ice Cream Affogato

Or turn the whole thing into a sundae. This recipe from Gourmet layers coffee and vanilla ice creams with crumbled ladyfingers, chocolate, and whipped cream, in addition to the espresso.

Tiramisu Affogato

Our pick would be chocolate ice cream with the espresso... What about you?

Related: Video: The Handpresso in Action

(Image: MarthaStewart.com)

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