Dark chocolate and orange blossom croissant (bread and butter) pudding recipe and food photography set up
Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog, today I'm sharing a recipe and a bit about how i shot it and the food photography set up as, like many of you, I shoot food content at home in natural light - which can be challenging in the UK!
The recipe is for a pudding i made for a family meal last weekend and shot on a new backdrop (Delia) for some quick content to promote the food photography backgrounds you'll find on this site. The pudding went down so well I am now writing up the recipe as part of my #lazytastypretty recipe collection - if its easy, looks pretty and tastes good it's a winner for me!
There are lots of versions of a bread and butter pudding made with pastries, but i've added another twist by switching the custard up with orange blossom water and zest - it makes an amazing, grown up chocolate-orange flavour with a delicate floral note too. Just make sure you use GOOD dark chocolate, like at least 70% cocoa or it could be too sweet.
I used a mix of pastries - croissants, pain aux chocolat and choclate twists which i think have some vanilla cream in too - maybe cinnamon swirls would work nicely too?
If you make this recipe and share it on Insta please tag me @blackvelvetstyling and use the hashtag #lazytastypretty so i can see it, i hope you like it!
Dark chocolate and orange blossom croissant (bread and butter) pudding recipe
(to serve 8ish, max 20 min prep time)
- 600ml milk
- 600ml single cream
- 200g caster sugar
- 8 free range eggs
- Zest of 1 1/2 oranges or 2 clementines etc
- 1/2 tsp orange blossom water
- 100g butter, melted
- 6-8 pastries of your choice (could use up stale ones but who can leave them long enough to go stale?!)
- 120g good dark choc, roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4.
Butter a large ovenproof dish.
Warm the milk, cream, orange blossom water and 3/4 of the zest in a large saucepan for 4-5 minutes.
Whisk the sugar and eggs then add to the warm milk mixture with the melted butter to make a thinnish custard.
Cut the pastries into 1 1/2 inch rounds and arrange overlapping in the dish.
Pour over the custard and sprinkle the chopped dark chocolate and remaining zest on top.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until the custard holds together rather than coming out of the pastries. (Cover with tin foil if the top is getting too dark before the custard has set.)
Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!
My food photography set up for shooting food content at home
For those that are interested this is my usual set up for shooting food in my office/studio (back half of the lounge) at home!
My home food photography set up
I shoot near large, double patio doors which give me lots of natural light to wrap around my set giving soft shadows.
These are west facing so up until around 2pm its good, soft indirect light. For this shot i wanted the light from the top of the image (working in portrait as i predominantly do for Instagram), i think this gives a nice texture to the food rather than lighting it too much and losing the detail.
I used some black card to block out light hitting the backdrop at the top where it's strongest - dark backdrops will always have a bit of glare whether they're hand painted, vinyl or paper, its just how light works on dark objects that have been painted, printed or sealed with matt varnish. I've also used a smaller tent card to take some brightness off the top corner and darken that side so the food really pops where the light hits it - like a vignette effect this is the old fashioned way of doing it in camera instead of in the edit.
For the final shot where the food is cooked and the sun light was fading i used a white card (or the back of a black card!) to bounce some light back in to the front of the image and lighten the food a little. And that's pretty much the extent of my lighting kit!
I mainly use back and side light or something in between for food photography. What about you? I'd love to hear about your set up at home and what settings you use. I'd like to start using a smaller light source and do some really moody stuff - just need time to play and explore my options at home around the house, different windows etc!
If you'd like to learn more about prop styling and food photography check out my online courses and resources!
Shot on the Delia dark grey/blue photography backdrop . Shot at ISO 160, F2.5, 1/60 shutter speed (on a tripod)
Shot on the Delia dark grey/blue photography backdrop. Shot at ISO 250, F4.5, 1/6 shutter speed (on a tripod)
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