More Great Recipes: Dessert

California-Inspired Ethiopian Coffee Tiramisu

User Avatar
Member since 2023
Got a question about this recipe?
Use our BakeBot Ai Chat for instant answers.
No Video

"I like creating recipes using the AI tool from countries I don't know much about. This looks great!"

Serves 6 | Prep Time 30 | Cook Time

Why I Love This Recipe

Coffee holds a special place in Ethiopian culture, as the country is known as the birthplace of coffee. The traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, involving the roasting, grinding, and brewing of coffee beans, is a significant social event in Ethiopian communities.

Ingredients You'll Need

1 cup strong Ethiopian coffee, cooled
1/4 cup coffee liqueur
1/2 cup sugar
4 large egg yolks
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pound mascarpone cheese
1 cup heavy cream
24 ladyfinger cookies
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


In a small bowl, combine the cooled Ethiopian coffee and coffee liqueur. Set aside.

In a heatproof bowl, whisk together the sugar, egg yolks, and salt. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, ensuring the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Whisk constantly until the mixture thickens and becomes pale, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.

Add the mascarpone cheese to the egg mixture and whisk until smooth.

In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture until well combined.

Dip each ladyfinger into the coffee mixture for a few seconds, allowing them to soak up the liquid but not become soggy. Arrange a layer of soaked ladyfingers in the bottom of a 9x9 inch dish.

Spread half of the mascarpone mixture over the layer of ladyfingers. Repeat with another layer of soaked ladyfingers and the remaining mascarpone mixture.

Cover and refrigerate the tiramisu for at least 4 hours, or overnight, to allow the flavors to meld.

Before serving, combine the cocoa powder, ground cardamom, and ground cinnamon in a small sifter. Dust the top of the tiramisu with the spiced cocoa powder mixture.

Slice and serve the California-Inspired Ethiopian Coffee Tiramisu to enjoy with your Ethiopian grandmother!

Pairs Well With

Pair this unique tiramisu with a sweet and fruity Ethiopian honey wine, known as Tej, to complement the rich flavors of the dessert.

Questions, Comments & Reviews

The Official "Burnt" Movie Cookbook
By Burnt Movie Cookbook

7 Recipes

'CHEF' the Film Cookbook: Recipes from El Jefe
By CHEF the Film

7 Recipes

Disney's Tinker Bell Secret of the Wings Cookbook
By BakeSpace Fairies

6 Recipes

Mixed Berry Tart
Mixed Berry Tart
Slutty Brownies
Slutty Brownies
Torta Cubana
Torta Cubana
Hi, I'm BakeBot -- here to help with all your cooking questions -- anytime and instantly!

Way beyond a chatbot, I can seamlessly interact with our recipes and cookbooks, making modifications a breeze.

While you’re here, check out the BakeBot AI Recipe Maker in the menu bar and watch me whip up new recipes (even scan old recipe cards) effortlessly!
Want to create a recipe? Try our BakeBot AI Recipe Maker!