My first attempt on baking apple crumble was a failure. Why? That is because I was neither interested in baking or cooking but that was one year ago. Now, I would say I have improved to a state where I am not ashamed to share with you this humble apple crumble recipe of mine. I usually serve it with vanilla ice cream and there is no doubt the combination of flavors is very pleasing to the palette.
Before we move on to the recipe, I am curious to know if you have ever wonder how professional photographers take photos of ice cream? The last time when I photographed my banana foster with vanilla ice cream, the scoop of ice cream melted before I could get the settings right on my camera. You can see it in the picture below. Look pathetic right? This photo did not do justice to the recipe. If you like banana foster, you must try this. It is an original recipe from Chef Paul and to me, the best! Just click on the photo and it will bring you to the post.
When you look at my apple crumble with vanilla ice cream, you will must be thinking, "Oh, Quay Po has master the skill of taking photo of ice cream or how come the ice cream did not melt?" Want to know why? Please read on.
A friend, who is a professional photographer told me that some of the fantastic shots of ice creams in magazines were not ice cream. They are mashed potato mixed with lard, karo syrup and food coloring. If I did not tell you that I cheated, would you know that the ice-cream on my apple crumble is mashed potato?
If you want to take photos of real ice creams instead of fake, perhaps some preparation in advance may help. Make sure your camera, the right lens including the tripod are in place. Check that the lighting is what you want. Place whatever you are going to used to hold the ice cream in the freezer for at least half an hour before taking the shot. This will provide you with more time to make adjustments before the ice cream melts. My next project is to take photo of real ice cream. Wish me luck.
3 medium size apples, peeled, cored and sliced or cube
25 g brown sugar
25 g raisins
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp vanilla extract
100 g plain flour
¼ tsp salt
60 g cold butter, cut into small pieces
25 g castor sugar
10g chopped almonds