APRICOT AFFOGATO DOLCE

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by Debra on July 1, 2011


Musical pairing – Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani featuring Akon

Last weekend, we headed down to Indianapolis and found ourselves at Goose The Market – one of our favorite places to grab a sandwich, something to drink as well as a few grocery items we might need; if you live within driving distance and you’ve never been . . . better head that way . . . Goose has it goin’ on!  On this particular Saturday they were also serving up Apricot Gelato . . .

While The Professor prefers something chocolate, I tend to favor the fruit and lemme just say that the apricot didn’t disappoint. In fact, I couldn’t get it out of my mind . . . sooooo . . . we brainstormed ideas on how to put our own spin on this little lovely.

I’m happy to report that we’ve made this recipe twice this week ‘perfecting’ the ‘sweet-spot’ balance of Limoncello to apricot – bright and refreshing without being cloyingly sweet . . . pure apricots only better. Once we had the recipe down, the discussion turned to how we would serve it; the gelato was fabulous all by itself but I really wanted something fun and unique. My collection of espresso cups gave us the answer – Affogato!

Affogato means ‘drowned’ and while I didn’t want coffee . . . adding a sparkling lemonade to a scoop of this gorgeous gelato is almost perfect . . . the only thing that would make it better? A bigger cup . . .

Here’s the Smith Bites riff . . .

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Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having July 10, 2011 at 11:03 am

This sounds heavenly!

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Amy | She Wears Many Hats July 6, 2011 at 8:19 am

Oh my…I need one of these. Make that two. If you come for a visit, we’ll make em how ’bout it?

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Marly July 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm

At first I thought you were going to say you put this apricot cream in coffee. Although that might be good for coffee drinkers, I’m not in that category. But adding it to sparkling lemonade? Absolutely brilliant! Tell the Prof he has nice hands!

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Robyn | Add a Pinch July 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm

This looks perfectly refreshing for the hot, humid summer we’re having! Love it.

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bridget {bake at 350} July 4, 2011 at 9:34 am

Wow….that looks just perfect for a hot summer day! :) Yes, you are right…the only thing that could make it better would be a bigger cup!

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Lora @cakeduchess July 4, 2011 at 6:03 am

I could eat an affogato every day in the summer. Your apricot creation looks delicious and I wish I was trying a cup right now. Happy 4th to you and the prof! xoxoxo

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Cookin' Canuck July 3, 2011 at 10:46 am

This is a brilliant idea, Deb. What a refreshing little treat!

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Sommer@ASpicyPerspective July 3, 2011 at 12:59 am

My, my, my… that is one heck of an affogato! We had an more traditional version last wekk, but now my mind is spinning. Love this!

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Marla July 2, 2011 at 11:17 am

Love this little dessert. Such a nice way to use all of those summer apricots :)

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 2, 2011 at 3:27 am

Great twist on a classic. I would much prefer this to the typical coffee version!

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foodwanderings July 1, 2011 at 11:48 pm

ooh brilliant!! Love it. Boozy, summery perfect!! :) Happy 4th of July weekend my friend!

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Amanda July 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Love this so much… your writing is as good as any book, I just love reading here!

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Nisrine Merzouki July 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm

It looks absolutely to die for. I can imagine how good it tastes as the sparkling lemonade melts the sorbet.

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Tickled Red July 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Oh my goodness! I’m seriously drooling over here. I need one of those when I get off work, swinging in the hammock watching the sun slide down.

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Katy (KatySheCooks) July 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm

You need to DM me when you head that way again — we could grab a quick beer/wine at the Enoteca downstairs! (Or, perhaps, grab an early appetizer course at Black Market on Mass Ave — we’re going tonight and I can’t wait to try it!)

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Barbara | Creative Culinary July 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I must admit…I’ve just always associated Affogato with the dessert I just did a couple of weeks ago using espresso…of course ‘drowned’ doesn’t have to be limited to coffee!

Sparkling lemonade? Sounds wonderful but not sure I’ve ever seen that Deb…but I’ll use a ginger ale for a sherbet and bet that would work too.

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Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon July 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm

All I can say is “Oh My”.

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BrendaB July 1, 2011 at 11:34 am

I was looking for more recipes to try in my new ice cream maker! This sounds soooooo gooood!!

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Baker Street July 1, 2011 at 11:18 am

Love the musical pairing and those colors! Gorgeous.

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