A quick and easy summer dessert. Cold and creamy ice cream served up with a dose of amaretto spiked iced coffee topped with whipped cream and chopped almonds.
Affogato is traditionally an ice cream topped with steamy hot espresso. Since it is July, I thought it would be nice to try it cold. As we don’t usually make espresso at home, I used some cold coffee. It was super easy and created a rich drink/float/ice cream dessert that we made in about 5 minutes.
I realize this is the second dish that includes alcohol in under a week. I promise you I don’t spend my days enjoying Raspberry Lemonade Vodka Pops by the pool. Actually, I don’t have a pool, so that would be a challenge in itself. Now that I’m writing it, it doesn’t sound like a half bad idea. But in reality these treats were made and photographed at two totally different times.
What we found surprising was that even though the coffee was chilled, the ice cream still started to melt pretty instantly. I had visions of how it would look, the dark brown coffee against the lighter color of the ice cream. Instead it arrived at a rather monotone hue approximately 10 seconds after adding the ice cream to the glass.
The whole thing bubbled up prettily and settled into a lovely shade of creamy beige. I didn’t have a lot of time to contemplate it though, since we were in a hurry to enjoy the treat.
I made these affogatos on a weekday afternoon for my husband and I when the grandparents took the kids go-carting (thanks grandma and grandpa!). Well, the 3 oldest anyway, the little one decided at the last minute to have separation anxiety. We put him down for a nap, and decided to use the time wisely to get some work done in peace. For anyone who wonders what teachers do all summer, they work on the upcoming year. Sometimes I think my husband works more in the summer than during the school year.
Not wanting to spend the day with all work and no play, we took a break to snack on these delicious affogatos. My husband is always happy to do his part to support The Well Floured Kitchen 😉 A cross between an ice cream float, shake or sundae we couldn’t decide. The almond flavor from the nuts and amaretto complimented the deep rich coffee on coffee flavor.
But the most important part was that it took 5 minutes- did I mention that? We have the habit of putting our leftover morning coffee in the refrigerator in the summer so that we can enjoy an iced one later on. So the next time you have leftovers, stash it in the fridge and make a plan to whip this up.
You won’t be sorry.