If you have vanilla ice cream and espresso (or very strong coffee), then you have an impressive last minute dessert. In Italian, “affogato” means “drowned” or “drowned in coffee.“ It refers to an Italian espresso-based beverage in which hot espresso is poured over a scoop - or two scoops of vanilla ice cream or gelato.
That's the simplest form of this after dinner treat, however there are many delicious combinations to create with various flavors of ice cream or gelato: butter brickle, butter pecan, and even chocolate. For a "grown up" dinner party pour a shot of Amaretto, Bailey's, Frangelico, or Kahlua over the ice cream, as well as the espresso.
Make a presentation garnish with one or more: whipped cream, caramel syrup, chocolate syrup; and top with chocolate sprinkles, grated chocolate, cocoa powder, or crushed chocolate espresso beans. To really indulge, serve with a biscotti on the side. Trust me, there will be plenty of creamy liquid for dipping.
In a pretty coffee cup or bowl add: 1-2 scoops of vanilla ice cream or gelato. Pour 3-4 shots of warm espresso over ice cream. Optional: add liquor and garnish. Serve with a spoon, and serve immediately while the espresso is still warm.