Saturday, July 10, 2021

2-Ingredient Affogato Recipe + Video

Affogato is an Italian dessert featuring hot espresso poured over creamy gelato. Make one for yourself or a whole tray to impress your guests.

This 2-ingredient treat will have you feeling fancy in minutes!

Learn how to make affogato the classic way in the recipe card below, or try one of the many suggested flavor combinations.

Want more coffee flavored desserts? I’ve got a few different tiramisu trifle recipes like peanut butter chocolate or Southern cherry.

There’s also a rich tiramisu ice cream cake that reminds me of this homemade affogato, or blend up a frosty caramel macchiato milkshake with just five ingredients!

affogato oreo version

How To Make Affogato

It doesn’t get much simpler than this - scoop your frozen treat into a bowl or glass, then pour hot espresso over the top!

While gelato is what’s typically used, you can get away with any high quality ice cream that’s just as dense and creamy.

You can even add a shot of your favorite liqueur if you want your dessert to be a little boozy!

Obviously, this melts pretty quickly so be sure to dig in right away.

affogato scooping the gelato in the cup

Delicious Flavor Combinations

Set up a “create your own” station for guests so everyone can try their favorite concoctions. For alcohol-free versions, simply leave out the liqueur.
  • Creamsicle - vanilla gelato, grand marnier (or orange juice), whipped cream, orange zest
  • Peppermint - vanilla gelato, peppermint schnapps, crushed peppermint candies
  • Turtle - caramel gelato, Frangelico, chocolate and caramel sauce, chopped pecans
  • Smores - vanilla gelato, Godiva liqueur, chocolate syrup, marshmallow fluff, chopped chocolate
  • Tiramisu - vanilla gelato, dark rum, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, crushed lady fingers
  • Cookies & Creme - cookies and cream gelato, Baileys, dollop whipped cream, hot fudge, crushed Oreos
  • Peanut Butter Cup - peanut butter gelato, Kahlua, hot fudge, chopped Reese’s
affogato pouring the espresso over the gelato

More Topping Ideas

There’s really no limit to what you can come up with. Search through your pantry to see what you have - the options may surprise you!
  • Caramel sauce
  • Shaved chocolate bar
  • Crushed biscotti
  • Liqueur: 1 ounce of Amaretto, Bourbon, or Kahlua
  • Sea salt flakes
  • Cookie crumbles
  • Toasted and chopped hazelnuts or pistachios
  • Cinnamon or nutmeg
affogato classic with hazelnuts
Classic Affogato with Hazelnuts on top

Kitchen Tools You Will Need


affogato tiramisu version
Tiramisu Affogato

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

How can I make this kid friendly?

If you think they would like the flavor, brew some decaf coffee for them to use.

Otherwise, crack open a can of root beer and pour them a float instead!

I don’t have an espresso machine. What can I use instead?

Brew a small pot of strong coffee or combine espresso powder with hot water.

Follow the directions on the container of powder for exact measurements.

affogato peanut butter cup version
Peanut Butter Cup Affogato

Is there an easy way to prep this affogato recipe?

Scoop the ice cream into individual glasses, then cover them with plastic wrap and freeze until you are ready to serve.

Espresso should be made fresh since the shots will “die” (become bitter) if they sit for too long.

Enjoy!

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affogato cookies and cream version


Video: Easy Affogato Recipe


To see us make this from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this post.


Yield: 1
Author: Donna Elick
2-Ingredient Affogato Recipe

2-Ingredient Affogato Recipe

Affogato is an Italian dessert featuring hot espresso poured over creamy gelato. Make one for yourself or a whole tray to impress your guests.
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min

Ingredients

  • 2 scoops (about 1/2 cup) vanilla bean gelato (or good quality vanilla bean ice cream)
  • 2 shots espresso or strong brewed coffee, fresh brewed and hot

Instructions

  1. Place 2 scoops of gelato in each glass or bowl. Pour hot espresso over the ice cream.
  2. Top with any of the flavor combinations. Add 1 ounce of liqueur if you prefer. Add toppings and garnishes.
  3. Serve and enjoy! Best eaten immediately.
DONNA'S NOTES
  1. You can use espresso powder and water or fresh brewed strong coffee if you do not have an espresso machine.
  2. To prep ahead you can scoop the ice cream into glasses. Cover them with plastic wrap and freeze until ready to use.
  3. Try these affogato flavor ideas or try one of your own!
  • Creamsicle Affogato - vanilla gelato, grand marnier (or orange juice), whipped cream, orange zest 
  • Peppermint Affogato - vanilla gelato, peppermint schnapps, crushed peppermint candies 
  • Turtle Affogato - caramel gelato, Frangelico, chocolate and caramel sauce, chopped pecans 
  • Smores Affogato - vanilla gelato, Godiva liqueur, chocolate syrup, marshmallow fluff, chopped chocolate 
  • Tiramisu Affogato - vanilla gelato, dark rum, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, crushed lady fingers 
  • Cookies & Creme Affogato - cookies and cream gelato, Baileys, dollop whipped cream, hot fudge, crushed Oreos 
  • Peanut Butter Cup Affogato - peanut butter gelato, Kahlua, hot fudge, chopped Reese’s


affogato cookies and cream version close up

Originally published July 2021

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