I’ve been thinking and talking a lot about easy entertaining. It just makes sense when the weather is nice to do things in a more casual way in order to have more time to enjoy your surroundings. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: casual can still be classy. I love for my guests to feel as though I spent a lot of time and effort preparing no matter how long it actually took me. And thanks to a repertoire of easy but special recipes, that’s usually the case.
One of my favorite casual desserts to entertain with is Affogato. Affogato means “drowned” and is basically an italian dessert made by “drowning” a scoop of vanilla ice cream or gelato in a shot of warm espresso. The strong bold flavor of espresso pairs gorgeously with the creamy vanilla ice cream. When the two join together it’s nothing short of divine marriage. The ice cream melts into the espresso and acts both as sweetener and a creamer—genius! You guys, this dessert rocks!
I don’t know about you but, in our house, no meal is complete without coffee and dessert and this recipe delivers both in one delicious and satisfying sweet treat. It takes mere seconds to make and makes a beautiful presentation. Top yours off with some crushed cookies or shaved chocolate as I did here and you have yourself a dessert that is both easy and elegant.
Crushed Cookie Affogato
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- 1 pint of vanilla ice cream
- 1 cup espresso, warm
- 2 large chocolate cookies or any cookie you fancy, crushed
1. Place one scoop of ice cream into 4 shallow cups (espresso cups work well for this).
2. Pour about 1/4 cup of expresso over each scoop of ice cream and top with crushed cookies. Enjoy!
Christina Stanley-Salerno is a mama, recipe developer, food stylist, photographer and blogger atTakeBackYourTable.com. She loves cooking for and with her family. Life is hectic, but Christina is passionate about mealtime because she believes that family meals are the glue that holds everyone together. Creating simple, quick and healthy meals is her specialty and her trick to keeping the family meal a reality, even on busy weeknights.
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