I have a bundle of yum to show you! And a TON of pictures. I heard Tracy from Shutterbean and Joy from Joy The Baker talking on their podcast about how they take pictures of their food, and they both said they take several pictures of each step in order to get the perfect shot.
So I took several pictures of the cornbread that I made this weekend for a cookout we went to. I got the recipe from Shutterbean, actually, so I’m all about them on this post!
Blackberry Cornbread (click for original source)
First, you mix your dry ingredients.
do you have any idea how hard it is to pour and take a picture at the same time??
On to the wet. Put those all together too.
Yeah, that’s butter. No shame.
too much stuff in the background here.
better pouring shot
virtually impossible to shoot.
Mix them all together despite their differences.
Take lots of pictures of your blackberries.
First blackberry shot: in the container
Second set of blackberry pics: orange mixing bowl.
third time’s a charm: blackberries in my berry bowl 🙂
Okay let’s stop here and look at the difference between the last two pictures. I thought that I didn’t have enough light in my kitchen, so I had the overhead kitchen light on for the ingredients. But when I turned the light off to photograph the blackberries, I realized that I had made a HUGE mistake. Well, not that huge, but it was pretty major in the realm of food photography. The second picture looks so much better. See the horrible yellow light in the background of the first one? Lesson learned.
It may just be a preference thing, but I love the darkness of this picture. I like bright pictures, but sometimes a good dark photograph does the trick.
Pour the dough you had your husband mix together while you were taking pics of the blackberries into a greased 8×8 baking dish.
I made two batches so I had two pans, and it was fun to take pictures of both of them.
Same pan here, but without the cutting board underneath it. Less clutter.
Purple pan! You might think this would look weird, I sure did, but (due to the darkness in my soul) I actually like this one.
Start throwing blackberries as hard as you can into the dough so that the impact makes them sink to the bottom. Or if you’re boring or have bad aim, you can place them on top and use your finger to press them down.
More berries in the dough. I have really good aim.
you have no idea how hard this was. i had to take the picture with my left hand. don’t know what i was thinking.
Sprinkle sugar all over the top.
i’m basically a pro by this point.
Guys, you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to take a picture of yourself doing something with your other hand. I need a stunt double.
Stick ’em in the oven.
I took pictures of them in the oven. Not the best idea if your oven looks like this.
Annnnd this is what my kitchen looked like afterward.
Get over it. No one’s perfect.
Sorry, I’m getting defensive. I’m just trying to be honest with you guys!
Take amazingness out of the oven.
Okay, back to perfection. I do believe, however, that my sugar sprinkling skills were hampered by my attempts at capturing the sprinkling on film.
Little brighter this time.
Close up. I like close up shots. It makes me feel cool.
Another angle. I told you I took a lot of pictures! This isn’t even all of them, if you can believe it.
Moving on. Psych!
Oooh that’s a good shot. Looks like a beautiful blackberry cornbread landscape.
So happy, togetherrrr…..
Another picture almost exactly like the last one, you ask? Why, don’t mind if I do!
And now, for the grand finale. Strawberries for emphasis.
More to come. Many more to come.
Is your mouth watering yet?
Or are you just sick of all the pictures?
Step back for a moment.
Then head right back in for the kill.
Ok guys I have a lot more pictures I could show you, but for now I’m going to quit teasing you and give you the recipe for this goodness.
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 3/4 c buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups blackberries
Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease an 8 inch square baking dish. Mix and whisk cornmeal, flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, mix and whisk buttermilk, eggs and butter. Stir into the flour mixture. Spread the batter into your purple baking dish. Scatter 1 cup berries over top of the dough and press them into the batter until mostly submerged; scatter remaining berries on top. Sprinkle the top with the remaining sugar. Try, just try, taking a picture of yourself doing it. Bake until golden around the edges and springy to touch, about 25- 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes or so. Serve warm or at room temperature. Graciously accept compliments for your excellent baking skills.
Oh, and I think I’ve misled you about what aperture is. I think what I was messing with on my camera was exposure, which apparently is different from aperture. Sheesh. But I think I like the real aperture even better than the fake aperture! So that’s good news. I have so much to learn though!
oh p.s. what are your favorite pics?