30 October 2006

Grabbing The Nearest Book

Spotted on another blog (MotherReader) - a game.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next four sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig around for that “cool” or “intellectual” book on your shelves. (I know you were thinking about it.) Just pick up whatever is closest.

I always have books at hand...but the closest one right now is unpaginated and largely handwritten...a collection of recipes. Right now, it's open to three recipes - Fish Eyes and Glue, Strawberry Shortcake, and Blueberry Upside Down cake. So, here's that last one:

Blueberry Upsidedown Cake (also known as Tar Cake)

3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups blueberries
2 t. grated lemon rind
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 cup milk

Melt 1/4 cup butter in 9” square pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Mix berries with lemon rind and put in pan. Cream 1/2 cup butter. Add sugar and beat. Add egg and beat. Mix dry ingredients and add alternating with milk. Spread on berries. Bake at 375° for ~30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before turning out onto a plate. At that point, you'll understand the secondary title.