Maple Affogato with Pecan Crunch

It's the perfect way to end an Italian dinner party.
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Recipe by Sarah Tenaglia

Start to Finish: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

Pecan Crunch

  • 2/3 cup sugar

  • 1/2 stick butter

  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

  • 1 cup roasted pecans

Maple Affogato

  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup (preferably dark)

  • 1 pt. vanilla ice cream

  • 1/2 cup freshly brewed very strong espresso

  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 tsp. ground espresso beans

  • 1/4 cup chopped Pecan Crunch

Preparation

1. In medium heavy saucepan, stir sugar, butter, and 1/4 cup water over medium until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Increase heat to high. Boil, without stirring, until mixture turns caramel in color, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat. Immediately stir in baking soda (mixture will bubble vigorously), then pecans. Pour onto foil-lined baking sheet. Transfer to freezer until cool, about 15 minutes. Coarsely chop. Store in airtight container for up to 1 month. Makes about 3/4 lb.

2. In small saucepan, boil maple syrup over high until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 2 minutes. Let cool. Scoop ice cream into bowls. Drizzle with espresso and reduced syrup. Top with nutmeg, ground espresso beans, and Pecan Crunch (above).