Dulce de Leche Affogato-Style Ice Cream

This luxurious ice cream recipe features a rich, custard-like base swirled with luscious dulce de leche. The addition of a warm espresso shot just before serving transforms it into a sumptuous affogato-style dessert. Each bite is a delightful blend of creamy sweetness and bold coffee, making it an ideal treat for coffee and dessert lovers.

Why You’ll Love This: The creamy texture of the homemade ice cream, combined with the deep, caramel flavors of dulce de leche, is a match made in heaven. Serving it affogato-style with espresso elevates it to a sophisticated dessert, perfect for impressing guests or indulging in a decadent treat. The process of making it from scratch, while involved, is a rewarding culinary adventure.


  • Egg Yolks: 4
  • Granulated Sugar: ½ cup
  • A pinch of Salt
  • Milk: 1 cup (220g)
  • Heavy Cream: 1 ½ cups (360g)
  • Vanilla Bean or Extract: 1 bean or ½ tsp
  • Dulce de Leche: 2/3 cup, divided


  1. Custard Base:
    • Whisk egg yolks, salt, and sugar in a bowl.
    • Heat milk, heavy cream, and vanilla in a saucepan until it’s hot but not boiling.
    • Gradually pour half of the hot milk into the egg mixture, continuously whisking.
    • Combine the tempered egg mix with the remaining milk mixture in the saucepan.
    • Cook over low heat, stirring, until it reaches 175°F or is thick enough to coat a spoon.
    • Strain the custard through a fine sieve and cool to room temperature. Chill it for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.
  2. Ice Cream Churning:
    • Pour the chilled custard into an ice cream maker.
    • Add 1/3 cup of dulce de leche.
    • Churn as per the ice cream maker’s instructions.
  3. Assembling:
    • Transfer churned ice cream into a pan.
    • Swirl in the remaining 1/3 cup of dulce de leche with a wooden spoon.
    • Freeze for at least 2 hours until set.
  4. Serving:
    • Scoop the ice cream into a mug.
    • Create a well in the center with a spoon.
    • Pour a shot of hot espresso into the well.
    • Serve immediately, accompanied by cookies or chocolate of your choice.

Enjoy this elegant, coffee-infused treat that brings together the best of dessert and espresso in a single dish!

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