Vanilla Pound Cake


2 cups granulated sugar
¾ cup (1½ sticks) butter, softened
4 large egg whites
2 large eggs
1½ Tbs vanilla paste or 1½ Tablespoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup lowfat buttermilk
assorted fresh fruit for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 10-inch tube pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

2. Beat sugar and butter at medium speed of mixer until well- blended, about 4 minutes. Add egg whites and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.

3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, and whisk to blend. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan; bake around 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan and cool, upright, on a wire rack.

4. Slice pound cake and serve with fresh fruit.

Servings: 12

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