Raisin Nut Pound Cake-Colonial Williamsburg

In the event that you have company coming to your house for the holidays or want to bring a small foodie hostess gift to a Christmas get-together, then be sure to try out this recipe. It’s nothing as rich or sinful as something like molten lava cake or chocolate pecan pie , but it’s the perfect thing to serve after a huge meal and is terrific to dunk in coffee. I’d also say it’s not too shabby to serve as a light breakfast treat. Hershey Kisses are optional though…

Merry Christmas!
Recipe adapted from 
The Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Cookbook

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
6 large eggs
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup nuts of your choice
1/3 cup finely chopped raisins

-Preheat the oven to 325 F and butter a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loan pan or 9-inch tube pan. Dust the pan with flour and shake out the excess. 

-In a large bowl, beat the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. 

-Sift the 2 cups flour and the baking powder together and gradually stir into the egg mixture. Stir in the vanilla. 

-In a large bowl, sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons flour over the nuts and raisins. Toss or stir to coat thoroughly. Fold into the batter. 

-Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour ten minutes for the loaf pan or 1 hour for the tube pan. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. 

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  • Reply
    Jo Ann M.
    December 26, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Looks delicious! Will it still be good if I leave out the nuts or can I use something like pecan meal? Thanks. 🙂

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      December 27, 2013 at 2:00 am

      I think you could definitely leave out the nuts! I like to experiment so another fruit like cranberries might be a good substitute 🙂

    • Reply
      Jo Ann M.
      December 27, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks! Sounds like a good idea. 🙂

  • Reply
    Victoria Ortega
    November 13, 2018 at 10:52 am

    I made this and substituted white whole wheat flour and it’s unbelievably delicious! Thanks so much for sharing this

    • Reply
      December 22, 2018 at 8:18 am

      Hi Victoria-Thanks for commenting and glad to hear the recipe turned out fantastic!

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