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