Posts Tagged ‘ice cream’


January 30, 2023

What a difference the ice cream makes.

Previously I had tried Carte D’Ore vanilla ice cream. Cheap crap industrial ice cream.

Today Blyton vanilla ice cream.

I cannot though get the perfect affogato.

What I want, the espresso to run down the side in little rivulets. Not drill through the ice cream or run off down the side.


January 20, 2023

I wanted vanilla ice cream for affogato but whenever I passed by Blyton ice cream parlour it was closed.

Whilst in the local Co-op I picked up a tub of Carte D’Or vanilla ice cream. A big big mistake. Cheap crap industrial ice cream. It ruined my affogato.

Carte D’Or vanilla ice cream

January 20, 2023

I wanted to pick up a tub of vanilla ice cream from Blyton ice cream parlour but whenever I’ve passed by of late it has been closed.

Popped in the Co-op and whilst there picked up a tub of Carte D’Or vanilla ice cream. A big big mistake. Cheap crap industrial ice cream

Please Co-op, ditch Carte D’Or and stock Blyton ice cream.

Sugar Killer ice cream parlour

November 16, 2022

Sugar free, what is use? Agave syrup. Not sugar free then.

Vegan? No dairy products? I did not pursue it.

The ice cream was good.

Da Vinci ice cream parlour

November 9, 2022

Excellent pistachio ice cream from Da Vinci.

Affogato al caffè

August 1, 2022

One of Italy’s most delectable modern dishes. — Anna Del Conte, Gastronomy of Italy

Affogato al caffè, ice cold glass, vanilla ice cream, shot of espresso.

  • ice cold glass
  • vanilla ice cream
  • shot of espresso

I still cannot perfect, achieve my desired result.

Affogato al Caffè

July 25, 2022

My second attempt at affogato.

A larger spoon, larger scoop of ice cream, somewhere around 75g of vanilla ice cream.


  • ice cold glass from the freezer
  • scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • single shot of espresso

Better than my first attempt, ice cream not drowning in espresso. But I am still not getting the visual effect I want. I want the espresso shot to run down the side of the ice cream.

Vanilla ice cream so-called award winning Blyton ice cream.

Coffee Grind house blend.

Affogato al Caffè

July 22, 2022

Pasta from Pasta la Disaster is poor quality, expensive and not worth the hassle. The same cannot be said of their tiramisu. It is also comes in a delightful glass.

What to do with the glass? Affogato.

Cold tip: Put the glass in the freezer.

Vanilla ice cream. Shame about the E additives.

A shot of espresso.

My first attempt, the hot espresso drilled straight through the ice cream.

Second attempt, I rotated the glass.

Hot tip: Pour boiling water on the spoon to scoop out the ice cream. I did this to sterilise the spoon. It has a beneficial advantage, the spoon easily cuts through the frozen ice cream.

I followed the advice of James Hoffman, 50g of ice cream for a single expresso shot, a 2:1 ratio. This led to the ice cream drowning in the coffee. [see James Hoffman video below]

I would have judged by eye. At a guess, somewhere around 75g to 100g. Use a large spoon to scoop out one large scoop.

Vanilla ice cream so called award winning Blyton ice cream.

Coffee Grind house blend.

Iced latte in Caffe Macchiato

July 10, 2017

Maybe third time lucky.

A couple of  weeks ago I had an iced latte in Caffe Macchiato.

The following week a variant on what I had the previous week.

This afternoon, a further variant

Two weeks ago, milk, ice cream, two shots espresso, ice, mixed in a blender, poured into a glass, add a straw.

Last week, as before, but no sugar. I was not aware before sugar had been added. The espresso at least ten minutes in  a freezer to chill.  Add to blender as before, but not the espresso. Pour into the glass, then add the espresso. This should achieve a marbled effect as the espresso is added. It did not, practice required. Then add straw.

This afternoon, ice in the glass, blend milk and ice cream in the blender, pour into glass, then add two shots of espresso, which has been chilled in freezer for at least ten minutes.

This was best to date. Improvement in taste and appearance. Practice required to perfect the marbled appearance.


Affogato Dylan’s ice cream

July 7, 2017

An affogato at Dylan’s ice cream in The Village.

A dollop of vanilla ice cream, a single shot of espresso, Ideally a double shot, but would not have fitted in the tub.

It was excellent, though I was left with a  liquid mess in the bottom of the tub.  Maybe I should have eaten sooner, as very hot day, over 30C.

%d bloggers like this: