Inspired by affogato, this gorgeous ice cream, coffee and Kahlua dessert requires no cooking. Just scoop (the ice cream), pour (the coffee), drizzle (with Kahlua) and sprinkle (the nuts).
It’s the perfect meal-ender for an all-adult dinner party. Serve with a dessert spoon for the firm portion of the ice cream and the nuts; drink the melted ice cream that has mixed with the coffee and Kahlua.
It’s really that simple? Yes, but there are tricks to make sure that the dessert won’t look like an indecipherable mess in a glass.
First, make sure that the ice cream is frozen rock hard. Tall order in a tropical country especially during summer when ice cream just starts to melt as soon as it is out of the freezer. Well, do the best you can. Work fast and the dessert should be perfect.
If you use ice cream at its soft serve stage, it will melt completely when the hot coffee is poured in. And you don’t want that. Instead, you want only some of the ice cream to melt but you want the creamy mounds to retain its shape.
Second, use strong coffee. Freshly brewed strong coffee. This dessert is all about bold flavors.
Third, use just enough Kahlua to tickle the taste buds and add a subtle kick to the dessert. This is dessert, not a shot of alcohol.
- 1 to 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 1/8 to 1/4 cup very strong hot coffee
- 2 tablespoons (or more) Kahlua
- coarsely chopped nuts
- Scoop the ice cream into a dessert glass.
- Pour in the coffee.
- Drizzle in the Kahlua.
- Sprinkle with nuts and enjoy!