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Italian affogato in a clear mug with coffee beans sprinkled around the base


Melinda | Missouri Girl
This Italian dessert coffee combines two of my favorite things: coffee and ice cream. Add a little homemade caramel sauce and you have an easy, but sophisticated dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • Freshly brewed coffee
  • Vanilla Frozen Custard, Gelato, or ice cream

Caramel Sauce:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream room temperature
  • 1 tsp sea salt


Make the Homemade Caramel Sauce

  • Add the sugar to a heavy sauce pain.
  • Turn the heat to just above medium and allow the sugar to begin to melt. This may take 10+ minutes. Watch carefully as it will burn easily.
  • When the sugar starts to melt, begin stirring constantly to prevent burning.
  • The sugar will clump up but just keep stirring until all of the sugar and clumps have melted. If the color darkens too much or too quickly then turn down the heat. If any sugar clumps refuse to dissolve then continue to the next step and they can be removed later.
  • Whisk in the room temperature butter, one tablespoon at a time until fully incorporated.
  • Add the room temperature heavy cream (be very careful as the caramel may bubble and splatter at this point) and stir until the cream is fully incorporated.
  • Remove from the heat and then stir in the sea salt.
  • If any sugar clumps remain you can pour the sauce through a fine mesh sieve to remove the sugar clumps. Careful as it is VERY hot.

Assemble the Affogato

  • In a coffee mug, add several scoops of vanilla custard or ice cream.
  • Top with caramel sauce and then slowly add the coffee.


The amount of ice cream, coffee, and caramel sauce can be customized per preference.  Use as little or as much as you want.  
For detailed instructions and pictures on how to make the homemade caramel sauce go to https://missourigirlhome.com/caramel-sauce
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