Summer Pleasures: Affogato
Most people tend to lose weight in the summer. Salads, fresh vegetables and lots of lovely summer fruit are on the menu.
I am the opposite.
I am always heavier in the summer months than in the cold weather months.
Why am I so special?
I consume more cocktails on the patio with neighbors; we go to more BBQ's and parties; I eat more potato salad; and after dinner, we either go downtown to Magic Fountain for ice cream, or I make affogato.
If you have never had affogato, then you have been missing out!
I see it on most Italian restaurant menus and I always order it.
It is just 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream or gelato in a glass, with hot espresso poured over the ice cream, table side.
It literally means "drowned" in Italian. The ice cream is drowning in coffee.
Scoop your ice cream into glasses and brew your espresso. With a little pitcher, pour the hot espresso over the ice cream and eat immediately.
Serve with some coffee beans, a shot of amaretto or kahlua, or just on its own.