by Angela Clutton

The most classic—and most incredibly simple—of Italian desserts

I urge you—please—to keep your affogato simple and classic. I share the temptation to want to mix things up, but a classic is a classic for good reason: because it works. Affogato means ‘drowned’ in Italian. In the kitchen, it means a scoop of best-quality creamily sweet ice cream with a shot of bitter espresso poured over it. (An alternative is to add a shot of liqueur.)


4 scoops of vanilla ice cream
4 shots of espresso or 175ml strongly-brewed coffee


Scoop a portion of ice-cream into each glass. Put four glass espresso glasses or other small dessert-serving glasses into the freezer for 10 mins so that the ice-cream is as cold as possible when it comes to serving. Make the coffee.

Pour the coffee over the ice-cream in each glass and serve straight away.

Recipe: Angela Clutton