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.

  • Vegetarian


  • 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 tips

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).

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes to 15 minutes
  • Total time: 10 minutes to 15 minutes 15 minutes

Serves: 6

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 995.792kJ
Fat 12.0g
Saturated Fat 7.0g
Salt 0.2g

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This recipe was first published in Fri Jul 01 01:00:00 BST 2005.