Some days require advance planning, much organization and a roadmap to see you through. This weekend we had a house guest and while it was fun checking out our city through the eyes of a tourist and sharing our home with a new friend, it still required work. Work to search out recipes, work to grocery shop, work to prepare brunches and dinners. On Sunday evening, when all the hustle and bustle was over, Cornelius and I poured ourselves into flannel coziness and put on a tv-on-dvd guilty pleasure. We also put our new Bialetti stovetop espresso maker to work and made the simplest, most decadent dessert imaginable: espresso ice-cream cups. Believe me, there is no roadmap or recipe needed here.
A few years ago on a visit to my favorite city, Portland, OR, I stumbled into the Pied Cow Coffeehouse and had something called a “black velvet” or a “velvet glove”. The name never stuck, but the memory of that dessert always did. When I’d tell my friends about how glorious it was, I had already re-named the dish into the title of my favorite Daniel Clowes graphic novel, “Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron“. I would enjoy every spoonful and slurp and once the experience was over, I wanted to repeat it again and again. It was simplicity at it’s best. A study in contrast.
espresso ice-cream cups
A scoop or two of vanilla ice-cream in your favorite pint glass or mug and a shot or two of hot espresso poured over top. That’s it, there you have it. It’s the perfect stress-free way to end a fancy dinner party with friends or the best way to unwind with your loved one afterwards.