July 16, 2014

EAT: coffee jelly affogato

Coffee addicts unite!  Time to feed my unhealthy addiction to coffee.  I LOVE coffee.   And espresso.  There are few things I look forward to more than sipping on an excellent cup of black coffee or cappuccino every morning. 

I’m the type that feels crazy if I intake too much caffeine so I can only drink about a cup a day.  Which leaves me very picky about what I “spend” my coffee of the day on.  Now that you know how much of a coffee weirdo I am, you can see why this coffee jelly affogato is the new love of my life.  It’s a scoop (or two) of creamy cold vanilla gelato (or ice cream) topped with coffee jelly, then topped with fresh hot espresso.   Did I just BLOW YOUR MIND!?  I hope so!  If you even slightly enjoy coffee you need to try it out – you won’t regret it.



-       2 cups of freshly brewed coffee
-       1 tablespoon of agar agar powder (or unflavored gelatin)
-       2 tablespoons sugar
-       4 tablespoons hot/boiling water
-       freshly brewed espresso
-       Vanilla ice cream or gelato


To make the coffee jelly:
Brew 2 cups of strong coffee.  Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and mix well. 

In a small bowl, mix the agar agar powder and 2 tablespoons of hot water.  Add the water slowly to the powder while mixing to prevent clumps.

Then, pour the coffee and agar mixture together in a small saucepan.  Heat on low-medium (just to a simmer) while stirring occasionally to make sure the sugar and agar dissolves all the way.  Simmer and mix for about five minutes.

Remove from heat and transfer to a small to medium size dish (depending on what size you want the coffee jelly cubes – I used a 6”x8” dish).  Use a spatula to carefully smooth the surface and pop any air bubbles.  Put the dish in the fridge and let set and chill for a few hours.

To make the affogato:
Cut the coffee jelly into cubes.

Make the espresso and put aside.  I used a Primula 3-cup espresso maker to brew my espresso on the stove top.

Put 1-2 scoops of gelato into a small bowl.  Top with coffee jelly.  Finally, slowly pour espresso over everything and dig in! 

xoxo, NB

1 comment:

  1. I love a good affogato. But coffee jelly? Whoa...yeah mind blown. I need one asap.