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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."

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  • Servings: 4
Gelato Affogato

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2009


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


  1. Beat cream until soft peaks form.

  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.

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