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posted: 3/3/2010 12:01 AM

Fruit Kuchen

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1 cup butter

cups sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

½

teaspoon salt

teaspoons baking powder

1 can (21 ounces) fruit filling of choice

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition; mix in vanilla.

Into a separate bowl sift the flour, salt and baking powder. Add to butter mixture and beat well.

Measure and set aside 1 cup of dough for topping. Spread remaining dough into prepared pan. Spread the pie filling over the dough to within 1 inch from edge of pan. Drop the reserved dough by teaspoonfuls over the filling in an irregular design. Bake 45-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Immediately dust with powdered sugar; when cooled, dust again.

Serves 18 to 21.

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