Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Still Life with Apples and Pears

Please forgive my obsession with apples and pears this fall.

Just a few more pictures . . .

 
 


And a simple recipe for homemade applesauce.  This method, where the apples are roasted and the natural sugar begins to caramelize, is simple and sweet.


Adapted from Judy Rodger's Roasted Applesauce

3 - 4 pounds apples
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar and/or maple syrup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into slivers
splash of lemon juice
cinnamon
freshly grated nutmeg

Peel, core and quarter the apples. Toss with sugar, salt and spices. Place in 9x13 dish. Dot with butter, cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (apples will be soupy). Remove the foil, raise oven temperature to 500 degrees and bake another 15 minutes until the tips of the apples are golden and the fruit is tender and beginning to dry out. Remove pan from the oven and coarsely mash the apples with a potato masher. Add a splash of lemon juice and add a little more sugar if needed.


Thank you to Kim Klassen for the beautiful texture, just a touch, and all of my classmates from Start to Finish who provide a seemingly endless supply of inspiration and encouragement.

33 comments:

  1. Beautiful work. I wish I liked applesauce. I had a bad experience as a kid with homemade applesauce. I have never eaten it again.

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  2. Keep those apple images coming ... no apologies! Each and every one is a delight ... but my favourite is the second one .... swooning here. I adore the white background and the gorgeous berries in the aqua jar. Beautifully done. Oh, and thank you so much for the apple sauce recipe - I may try to make it today. Roasted veggies are always richer and that would make sense for fruit too.

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  3. Love all of the images! Your tones are so rich and beautiful and the composition is wonderful. Love the berries in the jar too!

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  4. Yum great apple recipe. I too love my apple and pear shots, love the green vase and wood background.

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  5. I love seeing your creative ways to photograph pears and apples! You found some wonderful light to highlight them!

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  6. There can never be too many photographs of apples or pears. I love all the different textures, the leaves, wood and the wonderful white chippy backdrop. Thank you for the recipe, I will have to pick up some apples the next time I am out. Maybe I should take some pictures of them too...

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  7. Beautifully done, Donna! Your 'vision' is unique to you, and yet universally appealing.

    xoxo

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  8. Wonderful! I especially like the apple and pear...perfect editing, too. Must find myself a rough wood background for my own photos. (Not taking Kim's course)

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  9. Gorgeous images! I love the dark and moody apple and pear image.

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  10. beautiful photos and a recipe too - I hit the mother lode!

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  11. Photos and a great apple dish too.
    They are such a nice subject. That course sounds like fun.

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  12. Oh my, your photos are simply amazing! And nothing to apologize for - I love seeing your wonderful still life photos! Thanks also for the recipe!

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  13. Love apples and pears ! So photogenic and lovely......your photos are gorgeous, gorgeous ! the one with the jar and berries is my favorite, the light is amazing. Thank you for sharing the recipe, I must try it :))

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  14. What is not to like about these pictures? They are amazing and beautiful.

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  15. Donna, I'm coming to your house for chocolate, pears and apples! Yum!!

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  16. Gorgeous! Makes me want to head to the produce market!

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  17. beautiful images! and I never thought of roasting apples for applesauce - I'm going to try that...have made apple pies and tarts, apple butter and apple chutney but never roasted applesauce - thanks!

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  18. Such beautiful photos Donna. I'm getting apples tomorrow and will try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. With images like these? You're forgiven :) Nicely done!

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  20. These are all beautiful, but my favourites are the second and third!

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  21. If you continue to share photos like this with us - we don't care!! Absolutely beautiful. And a real treat for me as you know I don't have fall here, so I can enjoy through your stunning images : )

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  22. I LOVE you photos so much. I went and bought some pears to try some photos because of your inspiration.

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  23. More beautiful photos! I really admire your work! And so nice of you to share your recipe!

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  24. Your apple and pear shots are lovely :) I did a pear shoot when we had a powercut for 3 days, still need to get round to writing it up and publishing it on my blog :) and no chocolate in the house for a chocolate pic, how could that happen?? I'll have to check if they have some in the tiny village shop...

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  25. wonderful pictures Donna! the 4 of them equally... each of them so different from the other but all of them so amazing... apples and pears are the simplest though richest autumn gifts, they can be cooked in so many ways...

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  26. Such wonderful still lives, Donna! Each and every one is a delight! :)
    Love the apples, but also the pretty berries in the jar. Thank you for the recipe, too, I might try it for Christmas.

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  27. Beautiful images Donna, love how you started off with all of those apples in the bags and then narrowed it down. So nicely done.

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  28. Your photography is beautiful and inspiring. I especially love the simplicity of the apple with leaves, on white. Just perfect

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    1. Jennifer, Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I'd love to view your work, too. Do you have a blog? Send my a link so I can visit you, too!

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