Tiramisu Affogato

Tiramisu Affogato

There’s another, summer-influenced way to consume espresso. Well, yes, the dessert is not made from scratch (if the grinding of the espresso beans doesn’t count), and can be put together within a couple of minutes or so – the time required by the espresso machine to finish its job. But who cares if the dessert is good; and this one is. The ingredients below are just for the reference. You really don’t have to measure the ice cream before transferring it into the glasses. Please, eyeball everything, don’t waste the energy on absolutely unnecessary steps. The dessert will turn out just fine.

Adapted from the latest “Gourmet”

Makes two servings


  • ¼ cup chilled whipping cream
  • 1 tsp confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • About 2/3 cup good quality coffee ice cream
  • About 2/3 cup good quality vanilla bean ice cream
  • 4 savoiardi (Italian crisp ladyfingers), each broken into quarters
  • ½ cup freshly brewed espresso
  • A small piece of bittersweet chocolate.


Whip the cream with sugar until it just holds medium-stiff peaks. Set aside for a moment. Divide the coffee ice cream between the glasses, top with the vanilla ice cream, then put the ladyfingers over the ice cream. Pour the hot espresso on top and dollop with the whipped cream. Grate some chocolate over the cream. Serve immediately.


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20 Responses to “Tiramisu Affogato”

  1. This looks absolutely fantastic. Tiramisu does not occur enough in my life.

  2. What a perfect wake-me-up treat for a hot and lazy afternoon!! And no sweating over a hot stove or oven included!! I’m definitely making it this summer!!

  3. This is perfect Vera for those of us who could eat Tiramasu everyday without having to put out to much effort!

  4. This is great! I like these desserts that you can do in a snap and make just one serving, so you don’t have leftovers! Any Italian would love that, since you’ve combined 2 of their favourites. I love your cute glass as well!

  5. wow! Love the espresso flavor and most of all – it’s a quickie dessert! Nice one Vera!

  6. just what i needed (and wanted)–another way to fill my blood vessels with caffeine! :)
    seriously vera, it’s a great treat, nice work. :)

  7. Another stunning looking dessert, Vera! Boy, do you like your espresso as well, I’ve just noticed :D

  8. The photo and presentation is beautiful. I could eat tiramisu every day…mocha, coffee, ice cream..what’s not to like!

  9. Wow, we crave for the same thing. I just made green tea tiramisu yesterday. :)

  10. It looks so delicious…

  11. Wow! A typical Italian dessert, perfect for these warmest evenings!! Elga

  12. Love your twist on the traditional Tiramisu!

  13. This dessert islike all things wonderful, and all in one place. You have combined two already-perfect desserts into the ultimate of individual indulgence. As my husband dies not like tiramisu, this will be all for me! Thanks for posting.

  14. Oooh, I love the chocolate picture.

    I’ve never tried tiramisu since I’m not fond of chocolate… but it always looks so good. Your version looks fantastic!

  15. I like your tip about not measuring :P…I can be so lazy sometimes, and this proves you can still have a great dessert without all that precision ;).

  16. Cate, thank you very much. It does in mine :)

    Christy, thank you. I try very hard to avoid turning the oven on during such hot days.

    Laurie, thank you very much. I do love effortlessness as well :)

    Rita, thank you for your kind words. I don’t like leftovers as much as you do.

    Meeta, thank you very much! Sometimes quick dessert are real savers; when it comes to having unexpected guests for dinner :).

    Grace, thanks!

    Y, thank you. You are very observant :)

    Camille, thank you very much. I’m also a big fan of this Italian classic.

    Thip, your dessert sounds wonderful. I’ll certainly have a look.

    Morgana, thank you. It tasted not bad either :)

    Elga, thank you very much!

    Maria, thank you.

    Tara, thank you very much for your kind comment. I’m not so lucky – there’s no tiramisu haters in the household, so, I have to share :(

    Jacque, thank you very much. I wish I wouldn’t love chocolate so much – I would be in much better shape :).

    Sophie, speaking of laziness… I think I deserve some prize here :)

  17. Lovely shot. I absolutely love affogato. Would you be interested to submit a photo to Foodie Photo Contest?

    The theme is Red & White. More info can be found here: http://cookingetcetera.com/2008/07/07/red-white-foodie-photo-contest/

    There’re prizes for the lucky winners. Don’t forget deadline is by August 18, 2008

  18. Vera, that looks absolutely amazing! And so simple.. who would have thought?! Gorgeous picture.

  19. Dhi, thank you. I wish I could participate in your event but I’ve been extremely busy lately… I’ll try my best, though.

    Ashley, thank you so much for your kind words!

  20. That looks SO wonderful…I could really use one RIGHT NOW!

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