Sunday, February 10, 2013

Affogato with Chocolate Sauce

A few nights ago Daniel was hungry for dessert. Unfortunately, we didn't have much that he would like because we pretty much only have non-dairy desserts here (remember, vegan mom and lactose step-dad). There was NO way he was going to eat anything like that. But I remembered we had some good vanilla ice cream in the freezer and my grandmother made some of her famous chocolate sauce (it's to DIE for!!!) and I figured I'd make him a sundae. But I wanted to jazz it up a bit so I poured some hot coffee over it. This is called affogato. It's an Italian dessert which literally means drowned (you're essentially drowning the ice cream in the coffee). It's amazing how well the flavors of the chocolate and freshly brewed coffee come together. The coffee slowly melts the chocolate and brings out the natural vanilla bean flavor. Now that I think about it, however, this probably wasn't the best thing to make at 11 at night; a certain someone had a hard time falling asleep. So make this shortly after dinner if you're going to have for dessert. This is an elegant and simple dessert that would also be a great idea to serve at a dinner party. But it has coffee in it so you can have it for breakfast, too, right?! RIGHT?!

What you'll need (this will make 1 serving):
2 scoops GOOD quality vanilla bean ice cream
1 tbs. chocolate sauce (warmed up)
1 tbs. HOT coffee (fresh, please!)

1. If you have a coffee grinder, grind your coffee beans and brew your coffee.
2. Scoop the ice cream in a small bowl and drizzle the hot chocolate sauce over the top. After the coffee is brewed, pour 1 tsp.

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