Saturday, July 31, 2010

Purple Haze

I dyed my hair purple, it is an extremely intense purple and i love it. Its very bold,and very me. My Great-Grandma Lucy told me today that, "i got some guts for dying my hair that color, i love it."
In honor of my hairs new style, I'm trying to name as many purple foods as possible...

-purple grapes
-dried figs
-purple potatoes
-purple cabbage
-blueberries(they count as purple)
-That icky purple ketchup that i wish didn't exist

Here's the recipe for Blackberry Pie I, from The Good Housekeeping Cook Book:

-Flaky Pastry (recipe follows) or two 9 inch pie crusts
-4 c. blackberries with 2 tbs. flour
-2/3 c. granulated sugar or brown sugar [I prefer brown]
-1/4 tsp.nutmeg
-1/8 tsp. salt
-1/4 tsp. cinnamon
-1 tsp. lemon juice [optional]
-1 tbs. butter or margarine. [I hate margarine]

Preheat oven to 425 F.

Line a 9" pie plate with pastry. Fill with the blackberries. Mix sugar, nutmeg, salt, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Sprinkle over apples, and dot with butter. Cover with pastry and make several slits with a knife [I like making a smiley face...or tri-force.] Press edges together with a fork dipped in flour. Glaze the pie with milk, cream, melted butter, or a slightly beaten egg white.
Bake for 40 mins.
Serve hot or cold. It's amazing with ice cream.

Flaky Pastry:
-2 1/4 c. sifted all-purpose or cake flour
-3/4 tsp. salt
-3/4 c. shortening
-5 tbs. cold or ice water

Sift a heap of all-purpose flour onto a piece of wax paper. Set the flour sifter into the mixing bowl. Then measure 2 1/4 c. of the sifted flour back into sifter. add the 3/4 tsp salt and sift into the bowl.
Drop the shortening into he flour, then cut it in with two table knives. To use knives, hold one in each hand; cut crosswise [that's in opposite directions] through mixture until the flour coated particles are the size of peas.
Sprinkle 1 tbs of water over a small portion of the flour mixture, lightly pressing moistened particles together with a fork. Toss this dough aside in the bowl. Repeat until all flour is moistened, being careful to add water each time to undampened spot. Use only enough of the water to make the dough stick together when gently pressed. now lightly form one pastry ball, wrap in waked paper and chill for 30 mins.
Now the pastry is ready to roll out into one 9" two crust pie.

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