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Matcha Affogato Is The Simplest Yet The Most Crowd-Pleasing Dessert Recipe I Know

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

While I have mastered the art of making sushi, desserts have always been my Achilles' heel. But I have finally found the simplest yet most crowd-pleasing dessert recipe that never fails to impress: Matcha Affogato.

Desserts hold a special place in any meal, and in some cases, they are even more memorable than the main course. Think about a wedding reception dinner: Do you recall the main dish or the dessert more vividly? From my experience, it's often the dessert that leaves a lasting impression.

As someone who was never trained in dessert-making, my challenge was to create a dessert that is simple to prepare yet delivers a powerful impact. While mochi ice is always a safe bet, it lacks an element of surprise, and many people have already tried it at Japanese restaurants.

The inspiration for Matcha Affogato struck me when I had Affogato at a local Italian pizza restaurant. Affogato consists of gelato or vanilla ice cream with hot espresso poured over it, creating a delightful contrast of hot and cold sensations.

To add a Japanese twist to the Italian classic, I decided to substitute espresso with Matcha, which beautifully complements a sushi dinner. It took me some time to find the perfect ice cream to pair with Matcha, and I discovered that Talenti Vanilla Bean Gelato worked wonders in this fusion dessert.

How did I know it was the best combination? By observing my guests' reactions. This gelato proved to be a hit, and everyone loved it more than any other ice cream, including organic or locally made varieties.

Presentation plays a vital role in enhancing the dessert experience. I ensure the Affogato is as visually appealing as it is delicious. A colorful array of raspberries, mint leaves, and rose petals garnishes the glass. Moreover, using unique and elegant glassware makes a great impression on the guests.

Now, let me share the easy-to-follow recipe for Matcha Affogato:


- Ceremonial-grade Matcha

- Talenti Vanilla Bean Gelato

- Raspberries

- Mint leaves

- Rose petals (for garnish)

- Bamboo or electronic whisk


1. Place Matcha powder in a bowl.

2. Pour boiling water over the Matcha.

3. Using a bamboo whisk, mix the water until the Matcha powder is completely dissolved.

4. In a glass, add one to two scoops of Talenti Vanilla Bean Gelato.

5. Garnish the gelato with a raspberry and a sprig of mint.

6. Place rose petals underneath the glass for an elegant touch.

7. Pour the prepared Matcha over the gelato just before serving.

With this Matcha Affogato recipe, you'll surprise and delight your guests, leaving them with a unique and unforgettable dessert experience. So, the next time you host a sushi dinner, treat your guests to this Japanese-Italian fusion delight!

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