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poached, or 'drowned'

Affogato is a cooking term for something cooked with little or no water, such as cauliflower or small octopuses: the Neapolitan polipetti affogati. Or a poached egg: uovo affogato.

But more commonly these days, it means a dessert of ice cream or pastry 'drowned' in an espresso, often with a shot of Amaretto or other liqueur.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by Ewan Munro