Much as I like to cook, when it comes to entertaining, I want to be with my company more than my kitchen. I lean on make-ahead dishes, simple starters, and sweets than can be pulled together with ease. Affogato, a classic Italian dessert, meets all of my criteria for effortless entertaining and has become one of my go-to favorites when guests are at the table.
I first had this easy affogato about five years ago at my friend Robin’s house, a woman who has spent her career in the restaurant business. This is a lady who knows what it means to be a gracious host. And even though I don’t have much of a taste for coffee, Robin got me hooked on this espresso-spiked sweet; I’ve been making it ever since.
With just two little ingredients, affogato couldn’t be easier. Take it up a notch and add a cookie to garnish (my best excuse to buy Pirouettes, those flaky, rolled cookies crammed down the center with chocolate).
If you don’t have an espresso maker, you can ask a guest to bring it, pick some up at a coffee shop, or buy instant espresso at the supermarket. That and a container of ice cream is your ticket to making a bang up dessert without having to abandon your company for the kitchen.Easiest Dinner Party Dessert Ever, with Just Two Weensy Ingredients: Affogato #icecream #espresso Click To Tweet