Whenever I host a dinner party, I get caught up in the dinner menu, appetizers, and drinks. Dessert is usually the last thing on my mind. And after a full day of prepping, cooking, and hosting, I want to serve something easy. A scoop of ice cream is the easiest of desserts, but it’s also kinda boring. Solution: affogatos. An affogato is just a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a shot of hot espresso poured over. As the espresso melts the ice cream, it basically becomes a sweet and creamy latte. I topped mine with a sprinkle of cacao nibs for a little crunch. Yummm!
With fresh berries on hand, I obviously needed to make a pie. I followed a recipe that I’ve successfully used many times before, but I managed to make several errors. Pies always look deceptively simple, but it’s a tough dessert to master. My first batch of pie dough turned out sticky and unusable so I had to throw it out and start over. Then just when I thought the final product turned out beautifully, the filling ended up being too runny. I suppose they can’t all be winners, but at least it still tasted good – especially with a big scoop of ice cream on top.