Apple Dessert

When I was a kid my favorite dessert was Apple Dessert. The name couldn’t be less original, I know, but the dessert is wonderful. Skye helped me make it yesterday to surprise Kirsten when she got home from work. Skye turned up her nose when I got out the cheese and really grimaced when I began grating the butter.


Apple Dessert

6 sliced apples
1/4 C hot water
1 t cinnamon
3/4 C flour
1 C sugar
1 C grated cheese
1/2 C grated butter

Peel and slice apples into 13×9″ baking pan. Stir cinnamon into hot water and pour over apples. Combine flour, sugar, grated cheese and grated butter. Sprinkle over apples. Bake at 350°F for one hour. Let cool for a bit. Enjoy.

The ingredients

Like, obviously

The secret ingredient: cheese

Click to enlarge. Trust me.

6 thoughts on “Apple Dessert”

  1. That was sooo my same reaction when Mike and I first made Apple Desert! It only takes one time to make you a fan though. How do you get your shots soo clear. I use a Canon Rebel XSI with a 28-135mm lens….I’m new to photography….what do you recommend?

  2. Thank you, Kim. The key to sharpness (I think that’s what you’re asking about) is first, good glass and second, a fast shutter. You have to be focused, obviously. I almost always use automatic focus.

    For this setup I used a seamless back (a bent piece of white posterboard) and shot with my SB600 Speedlight and Gary Fong Lightsphere II bounced off the white ceiling.

    The longer your shutter is open the more blurriness you’ll get from camera shake. That’s why lighting is so critical. You need lots of it. Also, off-camera lighting provides detail contrast.

    I’m not super pleased with these photos. The sugar and flour are too washed out and lack detail. I could have put a picnic table cloth under the plate in Photoshop but I ran out of motivation.

    The most important equipment to have, although many would vehemently disagree, is Photoshop. In the digital darkroom I crop, adjust tones and contrast, boost colors, remove artifacts, sharpen, straighten, etc. No photo is complete without at least a minor go-over in Photoshop. If you saw the originals of these you would be far less impressed.

  3. Kim, I too was a bit skeptical when I saw the cheddar cheese on top for the first time. :-) I love when Brent makes this apple dessert. It is delicious! What a nice surprise to find when I came home from work.

    These photos are awesome, Brent! I think you did a fantastic job. Love the set up and the lighting.

  4. Hey, thanks so much Brent for such a detailed how-to! You really have a knack for photography, not to mention all the time you have put into it!

    Kirsten….hahaha….cheese never tasted so good on apples!

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