Chocolate Hazelnut Affogato

Chocolate Hazelnut Affogato

Think of Chocolate Hazelnut Affogato as an adult ice cream float.  Instead of fizzy pop poured over ice cream, you have hot bold espresso laced with Frangelico liqueur.  Gently melting and swirling with chocolate ice cream, whipped cream and toasted hazelnuts. Incredibly easy and oh so good.

The term Affogato is Italian for “drowned” whereby one drowns their ice cream with hot espresso. There are many variations out there and it’s fun to be creative by using flavoured espressos, other flavours of gelato or ice cream and of course different liqueurs. I personally love the combination of chocolate and coffee, so this Chocolate Hazelnut Affogato was exactly what I was craving.

This recipe also gave me cause to dust off my espresso machine which probably hadn’t been used for 6 years!! I know, it’s a shame. Call it life, laziness, or forgetfulness there’s little excuse not to have it out and ready for amazing coffee. My husband and I used to spend quality time together, making and enjoying frothy milk topped coffee swirled with flavoured syrup and sometimes caramel. I miss those days a lot! So now that my espresso maker is polished, primed and supplies purchased my excitement is renewed and serious coffee drinking can begin.

Recipe adapted slightly from Dessert for Two, Hazelnut Moch Affogato

Chocolate Hazelnut Affogato
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    Servings Prep Time
    4 servings 15 minutes
    Cook Time
    20 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    4 servings 15 minutes
    Cook Time
    20 minutes
    Chocolate Hazelnut Affogato
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      4 servings 15 minutes
      Cook Time
      20 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      4 servings 15 minutes
      Cook Time
      20 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: servings
      Instructions
      1. Preheat oven to 350℉. On a small baking sheet or pie plate, spread hazelnuts in a single layer and toast for 10-13 minutes until starting to turn golden. Allow to cool to room temperature and coarsely chop.
      2. Combine heavy cream and icing sugar and whip until soft peaks form. Keep chilled until ready to use.
      3. Brew 4 shots of espresso or use espresso powder as per product instructions. Combine with Frangelico liqueur.
      4. Place a scoop of ice cream in individual serving dishes or glasses. Pour 1/4 of espresso/liqueur into each dish. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with chopped hazelnuts. Serve immediately.
      Drambuie Espresso Martini

      Drambuie Espresso Martini

      Cheers everyone! You’re gonna love this sexy Drambuie Espresso Martini. Not only does it have a good dose of alcohol but also a shot of espresso, giving it a little punch. I wouldn’t drink too many too close to bed time if you know what I mean. This one is definitely a late afternoon or early evening sipper.

      I’m trying to round out my blog by incorporating a few more cocktails this year and as luck would have it, my husband received a bottle of Drambuie for Xmas. So it was the perfect opportunity to make a cocktail with it. This martini recipe was sourced from Drinks Mixer Not only a great site  to find plenty of cocktails to mix up but also includes a bartending guide and a section on drinking games. So if you’re like me, it’s time to wipe the dust off those “used only once bottles” hiding in the back of your liquor cabinet, get creative and have a little fun!

      Recipe source for Drambuie Espresso Martini: Drinks Mixer

      Drambuie Espresso Martini
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        Servings Prep Time
        1 cocktail 5 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        1 cocktail 5 minutes
        Drambuie Espresso Martini
        Print Recipe
          Servings Prep Time
          1 cocktail 5 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          1 cocktail 5 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: cocktail
          Instructions
          1. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add all ingredients and shake well until cold, 30-40 seconds. Strain into cocktail glass and serve immediately.