Affogato [a-fa-ga-to]: Noun. A delicious beverage comprising a large scoop of premium quality vanilla bean ice cream with a freshly extracted shot of espresso coffee poured over it.
On our travels here and there, Peter and I will often seek out cafes on a quest for good coffee. My caffè of choice is a double shot macchiato with a splash of extra milk. There are times, however, when I'm craving an affogato. More often than not, Peter will order me an affogato, but (dependent on the cafe and our location) there are occasions when he says 'Don't be silly, they're not going to know what that is here!'. My somewhat indignant response to this is usually, 'Well then, I'll explain to them how easy it is to make one.'
Now, I say that to my Peter tongue-in-cheek, but with confidence, because when I managed the fresh produce markets, I taught the owner of the Greek Fish'n'Chip shop how to make a BLT. The fellow was delighted, as the BLT quickly became the bestseller on his menu! Besides, it's not difficult to make an affogato if you have top quality vanilla bean ice cream and fresh, fine quality espresso coffee. And there's a cafe owner or two out there who have included affogato on their repertoire since our visit.
So, how do you prepare an affogato? Nic, expert barista and the NSW State Manager of Toby's Estate, explains that the espresso shot should be poured over the ice cream after its extracted. And that's it! Simple.
With its creamy vanilla deliciousness melting in flavoursome espresso: affogato is yummy as a beverage, but is also perfect as a simple and delicious dessert, especially when you've made the vanilla bean ice cream from scratch. Of course, you need the best quality vanilla to make the best quality vanilla bean ice cream. Heilala Vanilla has plantations in Tonga and in New Zealand, and the company offers a range of 100% pure, award winning vanilla products to home cooks, chefs and food manufacturers through its online store. In addition to a range of vanilla products, there's a divine selection of vanilla-based recipes on the Heilala Vanilla site, including a recipe for vanilla bean ice cream.
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THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED THE COMPETITION AND FOR YOUR DELIGHTFUL COMMENTS!
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The competition is open to Australian residents only and runs from Friday, 15 February until midnight on Thursday, 28 February 2013.
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So, what's the BEST vanilla dish you've created in your kitchen, or the most delicious vanilla dish you've eaten?
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