A quick, easy 3 ingredient dessert is only a brew of coffee away. With Affogato you can eat your ice cream too.
It is Recipe Redux time. Recipe Redux is a monthly healthy recipe challenge with other healthy food bloggers. This month’s surprise theme is beverages. So I went off the beaten path again and made a beverage into a dessert with Affogato. Affogato hails from Italy and is a coffee based drink with ice cream. It’s not a milkshake though. It is basically good quality ice cream with a shot of espresso poured over it. I added some Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti crumbs for a little crunch. So is it a beverage or a dessert. I love it as a dessert.
I pretty much love all things “Italian”. My husband and I went to Italy about 10 years ago for the vacation of our life. It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Ok, I am being slightly dramatic. Italy is magnificently gorgeous. We landed in Rome and immediately fell in love with the history all around. The first night we were there, we aimlessly walked around exploring every little alley and Piazza. It was getting dark and we were getting hungry. It was time for dinner but we hadn’t made any reservations. We turned down a small alley and saw a restaurant with two tables outside. Lights were illuminating the tables and cobblestone path. We asked and were able to sit at one of the tables in the alley. We savored every bite of that delicious, romantic meal. The wine followed and we capped off the night with an espresso.
The next night we asked our hotel for a recommendation for dinner. We wanted to eat somewhere the locals would. Instead they sent us to a tourist trap. We knew it wasn’t going to be for us when another American tourist was loudly asking for American coffee and ketchup for his lamb chops. The meal was mediocre at best. We thought the night was turning for the better when they asked if we would like a tour of their cellars. We started down the old, stone staircase winding down. My foot slipped and I tumbled down the stairs only managing to stop a few inches from the cement wall. Luckily other than bumps and bruises and a majorly strained ankle, I was intact. My husband asked for them to call a taxi for us and the waiter had the nerve to stand there and wait for a tip before he did it.
As with most things, this was a blessing in disguise. I could not walk for long periods of time so we had to cut back on plans and put more relaxation into the trip. So instead of always being on the go, we could enjoy the few things we were able to see. We still could revel in the majesty of the Coliseum and Forum. We took a speedy trip through the Vatican and had one of our favorite meals at a small trattoria. No one spoke English but it didn’t matter when it came to food. With each bite we could tell it was made with love. It was the best meal in Rome.
We then took the train to Florence and rented a car to drive around Chianti. What glorious countryside! The people were so friendly and the food was so fresh and amazing. I don’t understand why even a simple tomato tastes better there than here. The quality is so much better there. Each night we enjoyed wine and an espresso. So when the Recipe Redux challenge came up this month, I knew I wanted to use espresso and re-live this wonderful trip to Italy. While this is a simple recipe, good quality ingredients will make Affogato an utter pleasure to eat.
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