Posted by: hilsrecipeoftheweek | October 28, 2009

Affogato with boozy cantuccini biscuits

Affogato with boozy cantuccini biscuits

Affogato is a classic Italian dish of espresso poured over ice cream. Served with almond biscuits soaked in Marsala, it’s one of the easiest desserts ever.
Recipe by Waitrose Recipes

Serves: 6 


12 Corsini Cantuccini alle Mandorle (almond biscuits)
6 tbsp Marsala or dessert wine
500ml tub Waitrose Roasted Coffee Ice Cream
150ml hot espresso or fresh coffee
½ x 100g bar Waitrose Swiss Plain Chocolate with Coffee, finely grated


  1. Place 2 cantuccini biscuits in each of 6 heatproof glass dessert bowls or tumblers. Pour a tablespoon of the Marsala over the cantuccini and leave to soak for 5-10 minutes.
  2. When ready to serve, remove the ice cream from the freezer and make the coffee either in a cafetiére, filter or espresso machine.
  3. Place a large scoop of the ice cream in each glass and take to the table. Just before eating, pour a little of the hot coffee over. Top with grated chocolate.

Cook’s tip:  As an alternative, soak Corsini Cantuccini Chocolate Chip biscuits, as above. Serve with chocolate ice cream drizzled with hot chocolate sauce (make your own by melting a 100g bar of plain chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.

Hils comment: So easy you feel it doesn’t deserve to taste so nice! It was truly delightful, accolades all round and certainly special enough for entertaining. I could not get Waitrose Roasted Coffee Icecream, so used Waitrose Seriously Creamy Columbian Coffee Icecream – it was wonderful. I also scattered some toasted chopped hazelnuts over the top (lightly toast skinless hazelnuts in a baking pan in a medium/hot oven until they are golden brown but not burnt. Toasted chopped or slivered almonds would also work). Serve with an Almond Thin biscuit (or 2) in the saucer or with the icecream.

I’d say the 500ml ice cream serves 4 – 6, preferably 4 if you want a decent amount of icecream per person.



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