13 June 2014

TIPSY MATCHA ICECREAM AFFOGATO - THE GROWN-UP ONE...

TIPSY MATCHA ICECREAM AFFOGATO
Japan meets Italy meets Ireland: home-made Japanese Matcha Tea Ice-cream 'drowned' in Italian Espresso and Baileys Irish Cream. Affogato is our current favourite dessert. Not just because it's so easy and fast to make; not because we usually have all the ingredients at home; but because it's the perfect all-in-one after dinner treat... :-) 
TIPSY MATCHA ICECREAM AFFOGATO
The original Affogato (= italian for 'drowned') al Caffè is made with vanilla ice-cream,  or Tartufo Nero (chocolate-flavoured), or Tartufo Bianco (vanilla-flavoured), a ball of ice-cream shaped like a truffle, and a shot of espresso. But I have drowned many different ice creams, and as long as they are milk- or cream-based they work. 

TIPSY MATCHA ICECREAM AFFOGATO
Although it's not my favourite, well, at least compared to Ben&Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Häagen-Dazs Belgian Chocolate Icecream is perfect for this. I don't like it as an ice-cream (did I really just write this???), as I prefer my chocolate almost at melting point (the chocolate, not me!), and the little bits of chocolate inside this ice-cream are normally rock-hard, so a big NO! for me (yeah right!) But the same little pieces, once drowned in hot espresso, become meltingly delicious. And then there is Delhaize's own Almond Milk Ice-cream, with bitter almond flavour and crunchy almond bits, just to name a few... 
TIPSY MATCHA ICECREAM AFFOGATO
Make it with decaf coffee, depending on the time of day. Top with a dollop of whipped cream if you like, but it's not really necessary, it just looks so nice - especially if you are Austrian like me! Now as for this one, don't bother making it with decaf, as there's the unavoidable caffein in the Matcha Tea Icecream. And then the Baileys booziness - well, we are talking dessert here!!! ;-)  
TIPSY MATCHA ICECREAM AFFOGATO
It seems rather strange at first to mix tea with coffee, but the combination really works. Well, it has to: tea goes with cream, cream goes with coffee, so tea goes with coffee! :-) Make sure to check the recipe for home-made MATCHA TEA ICE CREAMIt's a rather strong flavour, but we love it, and now we have even found a special new use for it. 

For 2 portions: 
2 large scoops MATCHA TEA ICE CREAM (click for recipe)
2 shots hot espresso
Baileys Irish Cream, app. 5-10ml per cup according to taste

Prepare the espresso. Pour a little Baileys into the bottom of each glass. Add the ice-cream on top, followed by the hot espresso. Serve immediately - oh really!?  -)  

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