Texas Pecan Cake
1 lb unsalted butter
2 cup granulated sugar
6 eggs, well beaten
1 teaspoon lemon extract
4 cup unbliached flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
4 cup pecan halves
2 cup white raisins

Preheat the oven to 300F. Grease and lightly flour a 9 3/4 in tube pan. Shake out any excess flour from the pan. With a mixer or by hand, blend the butter and sugar together in a large bowl;beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Gradually add the eggs and lemon extract, and beat well. Sift the flour and baking powder together three times; add the nuts and raisins. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and blend well.

Pour the batter into the tube pan. Bake 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool the cake for 15 minutes, then remove it from the pan. Serve it dusted with powdered sugar, if desired.

Yield: 10 servings

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