Pecan Valley Pound Cake

½ cup shortening
1 cup milk
1 cup unsalted butter
¼ teaspoon sea salt
3 cups granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon baking powder
5 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups cake flour
1 cup Pecan Valley Pecan Pieces1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and shortening thoroughly. add sugar, ½ cup at a time. Beat until light.
2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
3. Add 2 cups flour alternately with milk containing flavoring.
4. Add the last 1 cup flour containing salt and baking powder.
5. Stir in 1 cup finely chopped pecans. The batter will be thick and fluffy. Spoon into tube pan, which has been lightly greased and floured.
6. Place the cake in cold oven on middle shelf. Turn oven to 350ºF. Don’t open door for 1¼ hours. Allow cake to cool in pan on wire rack

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