Four great ways to cook with coffee

A whole Dalgona Coffee Tiramisu with a single portion spooned into in a small dish beside it.
(Ben Mims / Los Angeles Times)

Four recipes for infusing your food with coffee


Of the 400 million cups of coffee consumed daily in the United States, the average American drinks three. Clearly, we love coffee. But we need not limit ourselves to our morning cups of joe, afternoon cappuccinos and lattes or after-dinner espressos. We can infuse desserts and even entrees with the flavor of America’s second-favorite beverage.

Dalgona Tiramisu is a riff on the classic Italian dessert inspired by the 2020 homemade Dalgona coffee Instagram fervor in the early days of quarantine in South Korea. The tiramisu uses coffee fluff in place of the mascarpone traditionally sandwiched between layers of ladyfingers. While it is relatively simple to put together, this Baked Alaska Coffee Ice Cream Pie is even easier: Use a basic pound cake (homemade or store-bought) to make a crust; fill it with java chip ice cream (store-bought is fine — we won’t judge); top with meringue; broil or blow-torch it and, voila, after a few hours in the freezer you’ve got your pie.

Sweet Butter’s Coffee Doughnut Muffins are sort of like biting into a cappuccino, but there’s something there to chew. And if you are a true coffee die-hard, sink your teeth into Marcus Samuelsson’s Coffee-Infused Duck Breast with French Lentil Salad. The duck marinates overnight in strong coffee along with shards of cinnamon sticks and green cardamom pods before it is gently cold-pan-roasted with coffee beans and more spices.


Getting your daily coffee fix may never be the same.

Baked Alaska Coffee Ice Cream Pie

This Baked Alaska Ice Cream Pie is simple. Shape a pie crust from sliced poundcake, fill it with your favorite ice cream, top with meringue, broil or torch and freeze until firm.
Time25 minutes
YieldsServes 8

Sweet Butter’s coffee doughnut muffins

Rich with butter, a hint of freshly brewed coffee and the subtle tang of buttermilk, while still warm the muffins are basted with more butter and rolled in sugar and espresso powder.
Time1 hour
YieldsMakes 2 dozen muffins

Coffee-infused duck breast with French lentil salad

The duck marinates overnight in strong coffee laced with shards of cinnamon sticks and green cardamom pods and is then cold-pan-roasted with whole coffee beans and more spices.
Time1 hour 10 minutes
YieldsServes 6

Dalgona Tiramisu

Dalgona coffee fluff does double duty here by coating ladyfingers for a shortcut dessert version of classic tiramisu.
Time15 minutes
YieldsServes 2 to 4