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Affogato – Vanilla Ice Cream with Espresso

Espresso with Ice CreamSome weeks back I was given an Nespresso machine as a birthday gift 🙂  and when I opened the box I was hoping George Clooney might have made  a surprise appearance… I think he may have been a bit busy! But like George Clooney in the advertisement for Nespressoice cream and coffee are perfect partners in the culinary world. I am soooo in “coffee love” with my Nespresso machine, which are effortless to use. At the Nespresso store in Bahrain’s City Center Mall, you can try samples of the coffee before buying, very helpful when choosing your favorites.

Espresso with Ice CreamAffogato is a classic Italian dessert which consists of a scoop of vanilla ice cream drowned in a shot of hot espresso. The contrast in the hot and cold, sweet and bitter makes this dessert very pleasurable to eat. Affogato makes a wonderful after dinner dessert, combining dessert and coffee into one. Of course you don’t have to limit yourself to having this simple treat at dinner parties… I don’t. If you want a coffee flavored ice cream… have an Affogato… it’s that simple.

Affogato

Ingredients:

  • 4 generous scoops of a good quality vanilla ice cream
  • 4 shots of freshly brewed espresso

How to serve: Place a scoop of ice cream into a cup or dish, pour over the hot espresso. Serve immediately. Serves 4

Cakes for Mid-morning Coffee

Cake and Cups

Freshly brewed coffee and a thick slab of homemade cake is a homely welcome for friends and family coming over for a casual get together. I added the Welsh Cheese CakesDate and Walnut Cake in a Nut Roll Tin and Orange Ricotta Cake with Walnuts to  Menu Ideas as a source of inspiration for your next cake and coffee morning. Continue reading

Squidgy Chocolate Torte with Fresh Strawberries

chocolte torte with strawberriesThis time it was a losing battle and with no other sweet dessert, cake or biscuit to barter with… my plan on taking  photographs the next day of the whole chocolate torte started disappearing, slice by slice. However, I managed to salvage a slice and set it aside with a little note saying… “this slice is for my food photography”! Each year I look forward to the annual  BBC Good Food recipe calendar which comes with an issue of their monthly Good Food magazine and last year was really disappointed when I found there was no 2013 calendar. Really happy the Good Food team have decided to print a 2014 recipe calendar, I know I am not alone in voicing this. 🙂 This very delicious Squidgy Chocolate Torte is from this year’s recipe calendar and as February is the month for celebrating Valentine’s Day, this makes a perfect dessert for all chocolate lovers. Continue reading

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