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California-Inspired Ethiopian Coffee Tiramisu


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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


Directions

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.


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