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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Gelato Affogato

In this Italian dessert, scoops of ice cream are doused in espresso (or sometimes a liqueur). Hence the name gelato affogato, "drowned ice cream."

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 10 mins
  • servings: 4


  • 1/2 cup cold heavy cream
  • 2 pints chocolate gelato or ice cream
  • 2 cups freshly brewed espresso
  • Biscotti, for serving (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Beat cream until soft peaks form.

  2. Step 2

    Place 2 scoops gelato into each of 4 glasses. Pour 1/2 cup hot espresso over tops of each, just to cover. Top with whipped cream, and serve with biscotti if desired.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2009