Apricot-Nut-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
Yield: 12 generous slices
Start this recipe at least 2-1/2 hours prior to serving. Cool at least 30 minutes before slicing.
From the The Governor's Inn, Ludlow, VT
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- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped into small pieces
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 2 cups sugar, divided
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Instructions:Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a medium saucepan, combine water, apricots, raisins, and 1/4 cup sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes. Drain well, discard water, and set the apricot-raisin mixture aside to cool slightly.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract on moderately high speed until light and fluffy. Add 1-1/2 cups of the sugar and continue to beat until light. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Sift the flour, baking powder, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and add gradually to the creamed mixture, combining well. Gently fold in the pecans and the apricot-raisin mixture. Turn into a greased and floured bundt pan.
Bake 70 to 80 minutes, until cake is golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool at least 20 minutes before removing from the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.