Charles Valley Recipes


From Family Acts


"Recipe Contest Winner Rachel Pollak created this Peach Pecan Pound Cake for my novel, Family Acts. We wanted a recipe that would have been served at the Venable Opera House for a hundred years. Rachel really got it! I think the cake is fantastic! And I hope you do too." - Louise

1 cup of butter, softened
2 cups of sugar
6 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups diced fresh peaches (frozen or canned can be used if well drained)
1/4 cup chopped pecans

        In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in vanilla.  Combine the flour, baking soda and salt, add to batter alternately with sour cream.  Fold in peaches and stir in pecans.

        Pour into a greased floured 10" fluted tube pan (non-stick is preferable).  Bake at 350 degrees F for 60-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

          You can dust with confectioner's sugar or serve with whipping cream.


From The Three Miss Margaret's


"I say this cake is magic because it comes together so quickly and easily. Try it and let me know what you think." - Louise

Preheat oven at 350 degrees

In one bowl mix together: 3 cups flour (do not sift)
1 ½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cocoa
Mix dry ingredients together well.

In second bowl, mix together: 2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 bottle red food coloring
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
Mix wet ingredients together thoroughly, then stir by hand into dry ingredients. Be sure to incorporate completely.

Pour into greased and floured pan and bake.
For 9x13 sheet cake pan, 40-45 minutes.
For 2 9inch round pans, 35- 40 minutes

Cool completely and remove from pan. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting

Beat together until creamy: ½ cup butter, softened
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 16 oz box powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Stir in: 1 cup chopped pecans


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