I have been drooling over the gallettes that Jean @Lemons and Anchovies posted about a couple of weeks ago. They looked so perfect! And when I read “This crust was flaky but not greasy and was quite enjoyable to eat even without the filling…” I knew I had to try it. And I’m so glad I did. There is only one way to define this pâte sucrée: THE BEST. It tastes amazing and it’s super easy to make. I’m famous for being able to fail fool-proof recipes but this one is really Sara-proof. So, come on, give it a try! If I succeeded, anybody will!
I used the pâte sucrée to make gallettes, as Jean did. I made them last weekend, which was a very rainy weekend here in Oakland, so I decided to fill them with pastry cream (one of my comfort food desserts; you can find my own recipe here) and pineapple.
And now I’ll get to the second part of this post. It took me a week to blog about these gallettes. I wasn’t really sure whether I should have blogged about them or not. The pictures I took don’t give them justice. And the truth is…I’ve been in a deep photography crisis lately. My new home has an amazing quantity of natural light. It’s a warehouse/loft style with big windows all over. I get light from every angle and also from the roof. This is one of the reasons why I love this home. Heaven for food photography, right? Wrong, at least until now. This whole new setting has been challenging for me. I still haven’t figured out how to deal with it, which one is the best spot in the house to take pictures and how to balance light in my photos.
Let’s not talk about all the props that got broken or lost in the move….I already did not have much, now I feel I need to start all over again with collecting props. Long story short: lately my pictures suck!
The other side of the coin, though, is that this whole new environment is pushing me to re-learn a lot of the photography stuff I’ve been learning so far, to read more, to practice more, to try more. So I guess (I hope!) this will in the end be a very positive learning experience.
I’ve already made three steps. Yesterday I signed up for a photography course. I know people say that all you need is practice but I often feel that I need feedback. I need somebody to look at my pictures, knowing how they were taken, and criticize them. So I decided to take a course to re-learn the basics, because at the end I truly believe that if you don’t master the basics you cannot move on. It would be like trying to make an apple pie without mastering a pie crust recipe! So I will be taking photography class for the next 6 Monday evenings and I will be sharing what I learn (or not) with you all.
The second step was to buy the book Understanding Exposure, by Bryan Peterson and I can already say it’s my new favorite book. I wonder why I didn’t buy it earlier! Even if you do not intend to become a professional photographer, I totally suggest you buy it. It’s an amazing book, written in a very entertaining style and, of course, with breath-taking pictures and wonderful tips!
The third step will be to spend some time this weekend to finish unpacking the few boxes we still kept close, find my props and make an inventory of what I have and do not have. From there I will start building up my new prop collection.
If you guys have any good suggestion for free online courses (or even not free if they really are worth the money!), for any type of resources, for workshop (if you live in the Bay Area) or for any other general tips that do not involve spending $5000, please, let me know. You deserve great pictures and that’s what I am at working hard at giving you in the future.
In the meantime, try these gallettes (they are truly amazing). You can find the recipe directly at Jean’s blog, along with far better pictures than mine.
Have a sweet day!