I love this fabulous apricot bread. It’s filled with lots of delicious apricots and pecans. The first time it was served to me it was served with cream cheese on top, but butter would work just as well. It’s a very tasty and satisfying sweet bread that you can make for breakfast, brunch, snacks, or as a dessert bread.
I got this wonderful recipe back in 1997 when Shirley Lotts brought a tray of cookies and sweet breads into our office during the Christmas holidays. Everything she made that day was delicious including this amazing bread. I begged her for so many recipes that day and Shirley was so obliging as to give me four! This was one of them. I would have loved to have had Shirley’s recipe box. Wow, could she cook!
If you are looking for a great sweet bread, especially one with apricots and nuts, this is a great recipe to try. It’s easy and delicious and so tasty. If you love apricots you will love this excellent nut bread.
Here’s a look at this delicious Apricot Nut Bread. You can serve it with Philadelphia Cream Cheese Caramel Indulgence, plain cream cheese or butter.
Here are a few slices after I cut them off the loaf.
Here’s a tray of this delicious bread.
Lots of apricots and pecans in every bite.
Your family and your company will love this great tasting bread.
Here’s what I did.
Dice up dried apricots.
Measure out a cup. I used a full 6-oz. bag.
Place the chopped dried apricots in a bowl of water to soak for 20 minutes.
Place sugar in a mixing bowl.
Add Crisco shortening, or if you prefer, substitute cold butter.
Add an egg.
Add orange juice.
Whisk everything together.
Add baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Whisk together again.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods.
Add chopped nuts. I used pecans.
Add to other ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
Here’s what the mixture looks like.
Spray baking pans with Bakers Joy cooking spray or grease and flour 3 small baking pans.
Divide the dough among the three pans.
Bake at 350 for 60 minutes or until knife inserted in center of loaf comes out clean.
Here the bread is done.
Here’s a close up look.
I’m getting ready to cut the breads on a bread board with a serrated knife.
Here’s another close up view at the top of the bread.
Here I’ve sliced up some of the bread.
This is a fabulous bread. If you like apricots you will love this wonderful bread.
Look at all the apricots in this bread. Yum, yum.
This view shows all the apricots and the pecans.
This bread is great for breakfasts or brunches.
Your family will love this amazing Apricot Nut Bread.
Your guests will love having a sample of this delicious bread.
Here’s a close up so you can see the texture.
Wouldn’t you like to taste a bite of this gorgeous looking bread?
Everyone loves this bread. It’s really tasty with cream cheese or butter spread over the top.
Here’s a plate of Apricot Nut Bread. Consider serving these for a special occasion breakfast, brunch or baby shower.
Here’s the recipe.
APRICOT NUT BREAD
(Recipe given to me by Shirley Lotts, when I worked at First Presbyterian Church, Duncanville, TX)
1 cup dried apricots, cut into small pieces
1 ¼ cup sugar
2 tbsp. Crisco shortening (or substitute 2 tbsp. cold butter if preferred)
½ cup orange juice
1 cup chopped nuts
2 cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
Soak apricots in water for 20 minutes. Drain off water, Mix sugar, shortening, egg and orange juice. Add dry ingredients. Bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes in greased and floured pan. (I sprayed miniature pans with Bakers Joy cooking spray). Spread with cream cheese to serve.
Time to take a bite out of this fabulous bread.
Okay, these are for you.
This recipe is great for holiday baking, too.
Take this bread along to your next potluck. You won’t have any left.
The caramel cream cheese is a great choice for a topping for this bread.
This is a great bread to serve with hot tea.
Take a platter of this bread along to the office and everyone will want a slice.
You may also like these recipes:
- Celebrate Apple and Apricot Month With Delicious Recipes (prettyopinionated.com)
- Thurs, Jan 10th: Apricot-Pecan Bread and Two Types of Marmalade (Blood Orange, and Lemon-Ginger) (whatscookinginkimskitchen.wordpress.com)
- National apricot day (eatocracy.cnn.com)
- January 9 – National Apricot Day (beatcancer2010.wordpress.com)