IngredientS (Serves 4)
For the affogato
4 Livanto Nespresso pods
200g Vanilla ice cream
For the toffee
250g caster sugar
1 teaspoon of white vinegar
For the honey roasted pecans
125 grams (1 cup) of natural pecan nuts
3 heaped tablespoons of natural honey
Firstly, prepare a cooking tray with a sheet of baking paper on it. Have this ready to go before you start cooking the toffee.
Pour one cup of caster sugar into a saucepan over low heat, add water (should just cover the surface of the sugar).
Add vinegar and keep stirring on a low heat until the sugar is dissolved.
Once sugar is dissolved, increase the heat until the ingredients start to thicken. Note: it’s crucial to keep on stirring the toffee so it doesn’t burn!
You will notice the toffee will turn from clear to golden quite suddenly. Once you can start to smell the sugar cooking and the colour is nice and rich, pull the saucepan away whilst maintaining the stir, and pour the toffee onto your pre-prepared tray.
Tilt the tray to spread the toffee as thinly as possible across the surface area before it sets. Leave it to sit for 20 mins until it becomes brittle.
To get a ‘cracked’ effect, either hit with a metal spoon or drop the baking paper with toffee onto your kitchen bench top.
Bring a non-stick frypan to heat and lightly toast the pecans until they start to brown. Add the 3 heaped tablespoons of honey to the pan and stir until honey melts. Keep stirring until all of the pecans are completely coated with the melted honey. Once combined, place the sticky pecans into the prepared tray and spread flat until cooled.
For each person, serve one shot of Nespresso into a clear glass. Whilst coffee is still hot, add a generous scoop (or two!) of store-bought vanilla ice cream to each glass. Top with shards of toffee brittle and honey toasted pecans, and serve immediately.
Honeyed pecans and toffee brittle to top the affogato. Photo – Caitlin Mills.
A decadent and delicious grown-up dessert! Photo – Caitlin Mills.
Toasted pecans. Photo – Caitlin Mills.
A sure crowd pleaser! Photo – Caitlin Mills.