Tea affogato is delicious, creamy, and so easy to make! It is a different variation from the traditional affogato served with espresso, but it is the same in that it makes a wonderful dessert! Serve it with a crisp cookie or biscotti for dipping and it's perfect treat!
What is affogato?
An affogato is an Italian dessert that is simply hot espresso poured over a scoop of plain ice cream. The hot espresso melts the ice cream, while the ice cream also cools the espresso, and what you end up with is a deliciously creamy coffee dessert to end your meal. Tea affogato follows the same idea, but it's using tea instead of espresso!
How to make tea affogato
Without getting too technical, espresso is a concentrated type of coffee, usually served as a "shot". To simulate that idea with tea and to make a concentrated version, we'll steep one black teabag in ¼ cup of hot water, which is the amount you normally get with a serving of espresso.
The Ice Cream
To keep things classic as a coffee affogato, we'll use plain vanilla ice cream with the strong tea.
Serving the Tea Affogato
Place your scoop(s) of vanilla ice cream in a glass and have the concentrated tea on the side. Pour the hot tea over the ice cream and enjoy!
Tea affogato is a dessert all on its own, but serving it with a crisp biscotti or cookie for dipping will perfect it! One of my Chinese Almond Cookies would also be a great partner!
Commonly Asked Questions
Yes, use whatever tea you prefer! This would be delicious with Earl Grey tea, matcha tea, or oolong. You can even go herbal and use peppermint tea, chamomile, or ginger! I, personally, think it tastes really delicious with matcha tea!
For a more concentrated tea, use the same amount of water, but steep two bags instead of one.
Yes! Either place the loose leaf tea in a tea bag before steeping, or be sure to pour the tea through a strainer before serving.
Yes! Instead of using vanilla cream, you could use other flavors like mint, chocolate, or even tea-flavored ice creams! Different flavored ice cream will give a different flavor profile that's sure to be delicious!
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Don't just limit this delicious treat to dessert....it would also be wonderful to enjoy in the afternoon, especially with a cookie! Sure to impress anyone you serve it to, tea affogato looks and sounds fancy, it is so simple to make! Whip one up for yourself!
- 1 tea bag
- ¼ cup just-boiled water
- Vanilla ice cream
- Steep the tea bag in the just-boiled water for about 5 minutes. Remove tea bag.
- Place one or two scoops of vanilla ice cream into a glass.
- Pour tea over ice cream.
- Serve with a crisp cookie or biscotti.
- Use your favorite tea for your tea affogato!
- For a stronger tea flavor, steep two tea bags in the same amount of hot water.
- Matcha tea is a great flavor combination with vanilla ice cream.
- Serve with crisp cookies or biscotti that you can dip into the affogato.
- Don't just save it for dessert...serve it for afternoon tea!