1 stick butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4 egg yolks
2 1/4 cups sifted flour
1/3 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
4 egg whites
1 cup chopped cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour 9-inch Kugelhopf cake form or bundt pan. Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla, and beat in egg yolks 1 at a time until mixture is light and fluffy. Add half of flour, then add milk. Stir well. Sift remaining flour with baking powder. Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold egg whites and flour into batter. Gently blend in cranberries and pecans. Pour into cake form, spreading batter evenly with spatula.

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until cake tester comes out dry. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes before gently removing from form. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

Serves 12.

From “The Pleasure of Their Companies,” originally featured in Domain, Winter 1988