Chocolate Chunk Challah French Toast

I absolutely LOVE blueberry syrup/compote. Now that I've made it at home, I can't believe I never thought to do it earlier! So easy and yummy =D.


In terms of the food styling, The blueberries at the very bottom are starting to bug me. I dripped syrup down the sides of the toasts but they're so glossy it came right off haha. Still trying to figure out how I might've improved the compote placement instead. Ideas?


Story and recipe on my blog.

  • Xiaolu // 6 Bittersweets 4y

    Mmm pears would go well with this too. Many fruits, in fact =D. FYI the recipe/post is up!
  • Jerry Hammond 4y

    I am amazed by this wonderfully arranged image that I found
    in the Creative Tabletop Photography Group at:
    **Creative Tabletop Photography**
    **Creative Tabletop Photography**
  • tricsr4kidz 4y

    Oh my, this looks amazing! So decadent!
  • Asri PRO 4y

    I do love the light, broken white backdrop seems working well here, as I am a white lover I fall into instantly :D . its beautiful indeed Xialou! And the pink color break the dominant color, great!
  • Xiaolu // 6 Bittersweets 4y

    Thanks you guys! I really appreciate your comments/favorites =D.
  • Aparna Balasubramanian 4y

    I find these kind of "slices" very difficult to style, so I think you've done a great job here. If you wanted syrup, perhaps you could have it pooling a little to the left of the plate and also a bit between those berries at the bottom of the plate?
  • Laksmi PRO 4y

    Hi Xiaolu, long-time-no-see! I hope you are happy and well. I like the image as it is. Your toast looks crisp and sugary. Beautiful light. The clean composition reflects a subtle mood. Had you spilled the syrup, it would have changed the atmosphere. The pink drink is genius.
  • Xiaolu // 6 Bittersweets 4y

    Thanks for the input/ideas Aprna and Laksmi. Both very good points!

    Laksmi - still working on improving some habits hehe, but overall doing well. been staying active on the blog.
  • Ash 4y

    actually I really like this!! and I love the pink drink in the background. I agree with aprna, I would have went with a bit of syrup on the plate, I think the purplely-blue of the syrup would have brought out your gorgeous compote more. Love the lighting! :)
  • Xiaolu // 6 Bittersweets 4y

    Thanks, Ashley! If you look closely you might see that I did add syrup but the plate is curved so it all ran under the toast hehe. Guess I shoulda remembered the styling trick to chill the syrup!
  • Aparna Balasubramanian 4y

    Xiaolu // 6 Bittersweets Xiaolu, that's something I've realised. When one is plating stuff like this, its better to use completely flat plates, because stuff dowesn't flow off where you don't want it to go. :D
  • Velocifero 4y

    Very inviting. I'm really drawn to the pink lemonade (?) too.
  • Xiaolu // 6 Bittersweets 4y

    Haha fair point Aparna!

    Velocifero - thanks! it's actually cherry limeade 8)
  • i eaт sтars 4y

    Whoa! That sounds great. I want to try now, too :] Gorgeous shot as always!
  • Veronika Studer PRO 4y

    I almost missed this image. I love, love love the light. What did you use?
    That pink drink in the background is fantastic, would give a fantastic image on its own.
    btw, what lens do you use?
  • Xiaolu // 6 Bittersweets 4y

    Thanks, Vera! You know funny thing it was actually very overcast the day I took this but with exposure, some white boards, and my silver reflector, I think it came out looking pretty sunny =D. It's always easier to achieve that when the background is light, though :).

    It seems like the pink drink is quite the attention-getter. I have to thank my friend for that, who brought over cherry limeade for my bf's birthday party. I just used whatever juice I had on hand.

    I almost always use my 50mm f/1.8 lens -- cheap and fantastic. The best 100 bucks I ever spent. If you care, my EXIF data is always public =). By the way, I'd love your take on how I might've better styled the blueberry compote. The positioning is still bugging me on and off.
  • Michael Grayson PRO 4y

  • Lynne PRO 4y

    I like the placement of the blueberries-the French toast looks amazing, too. I like overcast days to shoot and use a silver reflector also. The pink drink contrasts nicely with the blueberry French toast.All your food looks delicious!
  • Xiaolu // 6 Bittersweets 4y

    Thanks very much Lynne!
  • Tasty food & photography 4y

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