Actually, affogato means ‘drowning’ in Italian, and if you want a dessert that will have you drowning (as well as melting) with pleasure, this is the one for you. It’s quite possibly the easiest dessert to make ever, and one that does not sacrifice an iota of elegance in spite of its quick-n-easy-ness. If you’ve not come across one, affogato is simply a scoop of vanilla ice cream served with a shot of hot espresso poured over. What you end up with is soft, melting, sweetness in a pool of hot, hard-edged coffee. If you’re like me you’ll spoon that into your mouth with a distant look in your eyes… I serve affogato with a little (or a lot) of Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur) poured in with the espresso, thereby lifting it from merely delectable to positively decadent. Enjoy!



This easy recipe has no hard and fast rules. What I give here is merely a guide. You or your guests may prefer more or less ice cream or coffee…or liqueur!


Good vanilla ice cream (I make and use Jamie Oliver’s semifreddo)

Espresso shots or plunger coffee, unsweetened

Whipped cream, optional


Serve each person 1 scoop of ice cream (and dollop of whipped cream)  with 50-100ml hot coffee poured over

Add a tablespoon of liqueur if you like, or more!