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Black Walnut Pound Cake
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
3 cups granulated sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup black walnuts, chopped
Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with electric mixer about 2 minutes or until soft and creamy.
Gradually add sugar, beating at medium speed 5 to 7 minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until yellow disappears.
Combine flour and baking powder; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix just until blended after each addition.
Stir in vanilla extract and walnuts.
Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan.
Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool in pan for 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack.
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