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Apricot Bread Recipe

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Quick bread recipe made with apricots and apricot brandy and pecans or walnuts.

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour


  • 1 cup finely chopped dried apricots
  • 1 cup very warm water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, stir before measuring
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup apricot brandy or brandy, or use more juice
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts


Soak chopped apricots in the warm water for 15 minutes; drain and discard soaking liquid. Measure sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl; stir to combine. Beat together butter, sugar, and egg until creamy. Add orange peel, orange juice, and brandy; beat to blend well. Add flour mixture and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in chopped apricots and pecans or walnuts. Spoon into a buttered 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350° for about 1 hour, until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Place pan on rack to cool for 10 minutes; loosen edges of loaf. Turn out, turn right-side up, and continue cooling before serving. For best flavor and easiest slicing, wrap in plastic wrap and let stand for at least 4 hours. Serve with butter or a flavored spread.

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 4 out of 5
yummy!, Member keilypie

I made homemade apricot liqueur. I was looking for a dessert recipe that I could use the vodka soaked apricots in after I pressed them. This worked perfectly! I did use half brown sugar/ half white and half white whole wheat flour/ half all purpose. Those are just my baking preferences. I was a bit skeptical about using only 2 tablespoons of butter. The result is more of a bread than cake. It's delicious with a little butter spread on the slice, like they said!

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