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glass with ice cream and coffee and liqueur being poured over, with some coffee beans and a spoon on edge and a coffee pot in the background.

Affogato Recipe

If you are looking for a simple, easily prepared, delicious dessert look no further than this traditional Affogato Recipe. It is a lesson in simplicity which provides maximum reward for minimum effort. No culinary skills are required to produce this crowd-pleaser.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 411kcal
Author Alexandra


  • 2 scoops vanilla bean ice cream/gelato See Note 1
  • 1 shot espresso coffee (or very strong plunger coffee) See Note 2
  • 1 shot your favourite liqueur - optional


  • Place the desired amount of ice-cream in a chilled café latte glass or similar. – see Note 3
  • Pour a shot of hot espresso over the ice-cream.
    If using, pour over a shot glass of your favourite liqueur.
    Or if you prefer, serve each ingredient separately to your guests for them to add as preferred.
  • Serve immediately and eat with a spoon.
    I like to serve Affogato with a few biscuits on the side for textural contrast.


  1. Use the best quality ice cream you can buy, or try our delicious No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream.
  2. Espresso is traditional and is preferred. However, you could try plunger coffee, also known as French press coffee. Don’t use instant coffee, it doesn’t have sufficient strength.
  3. I prefer to chill the ice cream glasses prior to serving to avoid the ice cream melting quickly when adding the coffee.
  4. Please note, the nutritional information is based on one serving. The nutritional information is an estimate only.


Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 113mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Calcium: 169mg