Apricot Nut Bread

"Another favorite quick bread that my mom made when I was a child. I often make small tins of my apricot nut bread, pumpkin bread, and cranberry bread to give as teacher gifts, along with the recipe for each, during the holidays."
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins
2 7x3x2-inch loaf pans


  • 2 12 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 12 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 12 cup milk
  • 34 cup orange juice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup nuts, chopped
  • 1 cup dried apricot, chopped
  • orange rind, grated,to taste


  • In a small saucepan, cook the apricots in water until soft; drain.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Generously grease and lightly flour two 7x3x2-inch loaf pans.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix well.
  • Stir in butter, milk, orange juice, and egg; mix well.
  • Fold in dried apricots, nuts, and orange peel.
  • Spoon into prepared pans.
  • Bake 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool on rack 15 minutes.
  • Remove from pan.
  • Cool completely.

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  1. Normaone
    Caryn, I made your bread as a contribution to my DH "Goody Day" at work. It was a sensation down to the last crumb. All I got back was a very clean pan. It's a keeper! Thanks!
  2. msryoki
    nice and moist. I halved the recipe and used one egg. If I made it again, making two loaves, I would add two eggs instead of one. Also added some dried cranberries and probably more orange peel than called for since didn't really measure it. delicious!
  3. rachellerenew
    I have tried several recipes and this is the best. I double the recipe and add about 1 teaspoon nutmeg to the flour, I use 3 eggs, and add some vanilla. Just make sure to wrap it up tight after its cooled so it stays moist... Time saving tip I will share is just to chop the apricots, place them in a glass measuring cup-add water, cover with Saran wrap, heat in microwave and then leave them covered until ready to use... Enjoy!! This recipe is a hit both at work and home!!
  4. Karolyna
    This is the best quick bread I have ever had. I am so thrilled to find it. It travels and keeps well.
  5. eesmith5118
    Wow! The first time I made it I followed the recipe exactly and my DH and I loved it. This last time, I used one can of apricot halves, chopped; and one can of mandarine orange slices, just 'cause I had them. I made these into muffins, and they are spectacular! We eat them with cream cheese. Yum!


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