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Cinnamon Ginger Affogato

An affogato, which means "drowned" in Italian, is a simple dessert of gelato that gets topped with a shot of espresso. It creates a dessert that's creamy, decadent, and hot and cold all at once for a really lovely contrast of temperatures. 

This is my holiday spin on the Italian sweet. It starts with a simple syrup that I infuse with some of my favorite seasonal flavors: cinnamon, fresh ginger, and cloves. It adds a great fall-and-winter flair to the dessert that I just love.

Top off your favorite vanilla gelato or ice cream with a bit of the spiced syrup, a bit of espresso, and even some hazelnut liqueur if you happen to have it - and there you go. A delicious, festive dessert! Serve with seasonal cookies or biscotti to make it really feel like a "complete" dessert.

Cinnamon Ginger Affogato

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Cinnamon Ginger Affogato

Category

Dessert

Servings

4

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

5 minutes

Calories

544

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

  • For The Syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1- inch piece fresh ginger, (thinly sliced)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 whole cloves
  • For The Espresso:
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons hazelnut liqueur, (recommended: Frangelico, optional)
  • 1 pint vanilla gelato or ice cream

Instructions

  1. For the syrup: In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Take the pan off the heat and allow the syrup to cool, about 20 minutes. Remove the ginger, cinnamon, and cloves and discard.
  2. For the espresso: In a 1-cup glass measuring cup, whisk together the boiling water, espresso powder, and liqueur, if using, until the powder is dissolved.
  3. Scoop the gelato into 4 dessert bowls or glasses. Pour 1/4 cup of the syrup and 2 tablespoons espresso over each. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Nutrition

per serving
Calories
544
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
105 grams
Protein
4 grams
Fat
13 grams
Saturated Fat
8 grams
Cholesterol
52 milligrams
Sodium
99 milligrams
Fiber
2 grams
Sugar
100 grams

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