What is Matcha Affogato?
If you're familiar with Affogato, you'll know that it is normally made by pouring espresso over ice cream.
Some matcha affogato recipes call for a combination of matcha and espresso together, but we've found that these flavors clash.
That's why we recommend making a matcha paste (also called koicha) and pouring it directly on top of the ice cream.
If you read our article about what does matcha taste like, you'll know that this is the perfect matcha flavor pairing!
How to Improve Your Matcha Affogato
While this matcha affogato tastes great, there are a few things you can do to improve it. Let's briefly discuss each one of them here:
Premium Matcha Powder
If you upgrade the quality of your matcha powder, you upgrade your matcha affogato. Using ceremonial matcha will give you a more authentic tea flavor and really improve the smoothness of your ice cream.
If you want to learn why quality matters when it comes to matcha, you can read our complete guide on matcha grades
Homemade Matcha Ice Cream
Prepare your own matcha ice cream using fresh ingredients to control the sweetness and intensity of the matcha, resulting in a personalized and delectable dessert.
If you want to make matcha ice cream, we have a great recipe you can follow this one 👉 Decadent Matcha Soft Serve a Creamy Green Indulgence
Enhance the visual appeal of your matcha affogato by garnishing with delicate edible flowers or a sprinkle of gold leaf, making it an impressive treat for special occasions.
Add a Splash of Almond Milk
To create a creamier and nuttier taste, replace some of the water used to whisk the matcha with almond milk, offering a delightful alternative to traditional matcha affogato recipes.
Matcha Cookie Crumbs
Incorporate crushed matcha-flavored cookies into the matcha affogato, adding a delightful texture and an extra burst of matcha goodness that will delight your taste buds.
If you want to make your own matcha cookies at home, we have the perfect recipe for you 👉 The Best Matcha Cookies You’ll Ever Eat!
Flavor Pairings for Your Matcha Affogato
The matcha affogato is a flavor pairing in and of itself, but it can also be paired with other foods! Here are a few of them that you may want to try:
Pairing matcha affogato with delicate and sweet matcha macarons creates a delightful symphony of green tea flavors and textures, offering a sophisticated and elegant dessert experience.
The tartness of fresh berries, such as strawberries or raspberries, balances the sweetness of the matcha affogato and adds a refreshing burst of flavor, complementing the creamy matcha ice cream perfectly.
Enjoying almond biscotti on the side provides a delightful crunch and nutty undertone that complements the creamy matcha affogato, making it an ideal accompaniment for a relaxing afternoon treat.
A piece of dark chocolate alongside the matcha affogato enhances the richness of the dessert with its bittersweet notes, adding a touch of indulgence to the green tea delight.
Green Tea Mochi
Indulge in the chewy and subtly sweet green tea mochi, which echoes the matcha essence and adds a traditional touch to your dessert experience, perfect for those seeking an authentic Japanese treat.
Serving a small scoop of citrus sorbet alongside the affogato creates a refreshing palate cleanser and a harmonious blend of flavors, providing a delightful contrast to the creamy and earthy matcha taste.