like a velvet glove cast in iron: espresso ice-cream cups

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.

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13 comments to “like a velvet glove cast in iron: espresso ice-cream cups”

  1. 1
    Cookie baker Lynn   October 22, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Wow, easy and delicious. That’s my kind of dessert!

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    Cookie baker Lynn   October 22, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    Hah- I just looked up your guilty pleasure. I’d never heard of it, but I grew up in SLC and knew a polygamist family. Funny stuff.

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    Rachel   October 22, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    Sounds lovely and I am not even a big coffee lover.

    And there is no shame in Big Love. Not having cable and being unable to watch season two is killing me.

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    Purrrl   October 22, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    Love this. I’ve only known this as affogato http://www.foodtv.ca/recipes/recipedetails.aspx?dishid=8520, but of course, your name for it is SO much lovelier. =)

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    Joanne   October 22, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    The photo of your creamy dessert looks so dreamy…but being the boring person that i am – I don’t drink coffee – at all…however, I’d definitely be willing to make this for guests if the opportunity arose.

    On another note, I haven’t heard of “Big Love” but I linked over to the synopsis of the series and it certainly does sound interesting. I’m a fan of TV gone DVD – HBO series too, like “Dexter” and I am totally hooked on “The Office” these days…:D

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    Le laquet   October 22, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    Purrl was right, affogato – delicious. And what always amazes me is that even if it’s not absolutely top draw, really special, you can see the specks of vanilla, buy it on a special occaision ice-cream it’s still gorgeous.

    However, I’ve also had it made with lemon sorbet drowned in grappa :o)

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    kickpleat   October 22, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    cookie baker lynn, it is the simplist and easiest and yummiest dessert! and big love is pretty good stuff…and i don’t even know any polygamists ;)

    rachel, if you love coffee ice cream, you’d love this. yeah, i guess big love isn’t that guilty (certainly no where as guilty as antm!)

    purrrl, i never knew it had an official name. affogato, i love it! thanks.

    joanne, big love is great! it’s got the perfect mix of humour, drama and creepiness.

    le laquet, i think this dessert can be played with. i love the lemon sorbet and grappa idea!

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    jenn   October 23, 2007 at 7:28 am

    sounds divine

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    Geek+Nerd   October 23, 2007 at 8:22 am

    Yum, definitely bookmarking this. I’ll take two, please!

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    Le laquet   October 23, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    I guess it’s a bit like a trou normand or a coupe colonel. People could be talking about the new dessert your going to invent for years *wink*

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    aria   October 29, 2007 at 9:23 am

    yup, thats my FAVorite!!! yums

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    kickpleat   November 8, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    jenn, it totally is divine. yum.

    geek+nerd, me too!!

    le laquet, indeeed. haha :)

    aria, definitely mine. yummers.

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    astrid   September 26, 2010 at 12:36 am

    you know what would make this even better? chucking on a couple of dark chocolate coated coffee beans :) nom nom nom.

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