One of my favorites!!! This recipe is one that my mom has always kept around and used since I was little...and I often crave it. It is a versatile treat that can be served in so many ways and it also freezes very well. I always double the recipe and freeze some loaves to pull out later when I'm in a pinch. Absolutely perfect for when you have unexpected company..:-)
One of my favorite things to do is cut it in slices then cubes, then layer with rinsed & sliced strawberries, vanilla pudding, and cool whip in a pretty bowl and serve for dessert. So easy and soooo good!
1 8 oz pkg cream cheese
3/4 c margarine
1 1/2 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
Combine softened cream cheese, margarine, sugar and vanilla, mixing until well blended. Add eggs; mix at low speed until blended. Gradually add flour sifted with baking powder, mixing at low speed until blended. Pour into greased and floured 9x5-inch loaf pan. Bake at 325 for 1 hour 20 minutes. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pan. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
* I use the small aluminum pans because they are easier to use, they cook more thorough and they are handier to freeze. I cooked them for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Just watch them and take them out of the oven when the top of them springs back when touched. When I doubled the batch, it made 7 small loaves...