The Affogato is a classic Italian dessert consisting of sweet vanilla ice cream topped, or "drowned" with hot espresso coffee. A sweet mid-afternoon treat or after dinner pick-me-up, this espresso ice cream is just what you need to survive the hot summer months (thank you, Italy).You may substitute freshly brewed strong coffee if you do not have access to an espresso maker.
Brew the hot espresso just before serving. Add 1-2 large scoops of ice cream to a glass cup or bowl and carefully pour the espresso over the ice cream. Garnish with shaved chocolate or chopped hazelnuts, if desired (not shown).