My first memory of coffee is the buzz of a coffee grinder, my dad grinding beans on a Saturday morning. Why is that smell so evocative? I’ve always loved that deep, nutty aroma, even before I was old enough to drink it.
I’m not sure what’s better, the taste of coffee or the ritual around it. Or maybe it’s the nostalgia, like my first café con leche when I was living in Madrid in college, or the strong, bitter espresso from a tiny white cup in a Parisian cafe. Or now, on weekend mornings when Alex brings me coffee in bed, dark roast, smooth and rich. And each weekday morning, I look forward to my warm, comforting brew at the office. Thank goodness my husband is just as passionate (maybe more).
One of our favorite desserts in the world is an Italian one featuring that magical caffeinated beverage called affogato, which translates to “drowned” – as in, ice cream drowned in espresso. HE-llo. When I don’t know what to make for dessert for guests, this is it. You can dress it up easily: with chocolate shavings, nuts, different ice cream flavors, etc.
Here’s an idea for affogato two ways: lazy and fancy. For the lazy version, purchase some coffee ice cream, toast some almonds, and top with chocolate shavings. For the fancy option, make our homemade mocha almond fudge ice cream, using your favorite coffee beans. In both cases, serve topped with fresh espresso, which makes it into a creamy, gooey, coffee-flavored mess.
Today we have a fun surprise for you coffee lovers out there. We’re stoked to be partnering with one of our favorite coffee brands, illy (which we drink all the time!), to give away an illy Y5 Milk, Espresso & Coffee Machine. Not only does it make morning espresso a breeze, it’s perfect for an affogato. You can also make more than just espresso: it has a hot water dispenser for making tea, and new integrated milk frother for making fancy lattes and smooth cappuccinos. Basically, you can become your own barista! See the giveaway rules below.
Why To Make It: It’s an easy + elegant dessert, and a coffee lover’s dream.
When To Make It: When you’re surprised by dinner guests. Or make the fancy version as a special treat for your resident coffee lover.
Caveats: Making the homemade ice cream takes 6+ hours to prepare and freeze, so plan ahead.
Giveaway Rules: Up to two entries per person, U.S and Canada residents only! Leave a comment on this post on why you’d like to win the espresso machine. For a second entry, follow us on Instagram and leave a comment on the giveaway post (to appear 8:30 am EST). Commenting will close on Thursday, October 1 at 6:00 pm, EST. Make sure you provide your email address in the comment form (we promise to keep it confidential!).
**Update: Giveaway is closed. Congratulations to our winner, Karlie!Print
*For a “lazy” version, you can use vanilla ice cream and top with chocolate shavings and toasted almonds. To toast almonds: Place 1/4 cup sliced almonds a dry skillet and toast over medium low heat, shaking often, until toasted, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
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About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.