Tiramisu: Perfect End of Summer Dessert

Viviana's Kitchen

For those of you who have been following my photography for a while now, the picture that I’m sharing today might look familiar, and that’s because I’ve posted it before. Today I made Tiramisu, and I’ve already taken photos of my Tiramisu escapades several times before, so while my current batch is cooling down in the fridge, I thought I’d share the recipe I use (which you can find on the BelGioioso Mascarpone container) so you all may make your own.

6 large eggs (or pasteurized egg substitute)
2 cups espresso or strong coffee, cooled (I made 6 cups)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cognac or brandy
16 oz. BelGioioso Mascarpone cheese
1/4 cup cocoa
20 ladyfingers (I think I used like 40? I get mine from a local foreign imports store)

1. Combine 6 egg yolks, 2 tbsp espresso, 1 cup sugar, and cognac/brandy into large bowl. Beat 2-3 minutes. Add Mascarpone and beat 3-5 minutes until smooth.
2. In another bowl, combine 6 egg whites and 1/4 teaspoon sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form and mixture doesn’t move. Gently fold into Mascarpone mixture. (If using egg substitute, skip this step and beat until fluffy.)
3. Quickly dip each ladyfinger into remaining espresso and layer on bottom of 9×13 pan/serving dish. Spread half mixture of Mascarpone over ladyfingers, repeat. Dust with cocoa powder and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. Serves 12.


Juanes – Unplugged Tour 6/14/13 @ Royal Oak Music Theater


It’s not that I don’t keep my promises. It’s just that I deliver them a little later than expected sometimes.

That said, I’ve finally found time to sift through my Juanes concert photos and choose my favorite to share with you all. When I heard he was coming to the Metro Detroit area back in May, I made a commitment to go see him live, and I took my mom along with me because even though she actually hadn’t heard of him before, she likes Latin music – and going to concerts by yourself isn’t fun. We both had a lot of fun. She ran away from me before the concert even started though to get beer and I didn’t see her until it ended. I was in about third row for the majority of it, and by the end of it, I had squeezed myself to first row. 

I got some pretty good shots I think, thanks to my d7100 and my lens. There were a lot of shaky ones though, much to do with being squashed in so tight (body against body, for real, it was hella hot and I was sweating bullets) and having to raise myself on my tippy-toes to get the really good ones. I might be 5’7″, but when there’s like 12 other heads ahead of me and the floor slopes backward, it’s tough. But I managed to get my photographer game on with the blog in mind. 

Please enjoy these hard-worked-for photos and check out Juanes here. His opening act and duet for my favorite song, La Fotografia, was Raquel Sofia

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