Happy National Coffee Day. Celebrate our favorite caffeinated beverage with an affogato, meaning “drowned” in Italian. Pour a shot of espresso over vanilla gelato for a sublimely simple dessert. (If you want to dress it up a bit, you can top it with whipped cream.) Biscotti are a natural accompaniment.
2 1/4 cups (18 fl. oz./560 ml) milk
3/4 cup (6 fl. oz./180 ml) heavy cream
Pinch of kosher salt
6 egg yolks
3/4 cup (6 oz./185 g) sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved, or 1 Tbs. vanilla bean paste
8 to 10 shots freshly brewed espresso
In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the milk, cream and salt. Heat until bubbles form around the edges of the pan.
In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. Slowly add the warm milk mixture, stirring constantly until blended. If using a vanilla bean, stir in the seeds now. Transfer the mixture to a clean saucepan, set over medium-low heat and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the custard thickens and a finger drawn across the back of the spoon leaves a path, 5 to 7 minutes.
Pour the custard through a fine-mesh sieve set over a clean bowl. If using vanilla paste, stir in now. Place the bowl in a larger one filled halfway with ice and water and let cool, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate for about 2 hours.
Transfer the custard to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer the gelato to a chilled container, cover and freeze for at least 3 hours or up to 3 days.
Scoop the gelato into glasses or bowls and pour 1 shot of espresso over each portion. Serve immediately. Serves 8 to 10.
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