Affogato: An Italian coffee-based (easy!) dessert that adds a touch of elegance to a dinner party. The combination of caffeine and ice cream is the perfect way to round out your gathering. We suggest brewing some decaf, too, for guests who shy away from caffeine come dinnertime. Hazelnuts add crunch and richness to every bite, while the chocolate shavings make each serving festive. Serve the affogatos in coupe or wine glasses to make the treat feel extra special. Or, for a more casual dessert, serve in ice cream bowls or mugs. Once you experience the ice cream melting into the coffee, this will quickly become one of your favorite party tricks.
2 pints vanilla ice cream
1 cup brewed coffee (or 4 espresso shots)
¼ cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate, for shaving
How to Make It
Divide ice cream among coupe or wine glasses (about 2 scoops per glass). Right before serving, pour coffee over the ice cream and top with hazelnuts. Using a Y-shaped peeler, shave chocolate on top of each glass.
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