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Cherry Apricot Tea Bread

 Cherry Apricot Tea Bread
This recipe makes three loaves of delicious bread. My family enjoys one loaf right away, then I give one loaf to a family member or friend and freeze the other to enjoy later.—Patty Bourne, Owings, Maryland
36 ServingsPrep: 1 hour 40 min. + rising Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) dried apricots, chopped
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
  • BREAD:
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 6-1/2 to 7 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Additional maraschino cherries and dried apricots, optional

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine apricots and water; let stand for 1 hour.
  • Drain. Add cherries; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water; let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Add the sour cream, sugar, salt, butter, eggs and 2 cups flour; beat
  • until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

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Cherry Apricot Tea Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down; divide into thirds. On a floured surface, roll each
  • third into a 15-in. x 6-in. rectangle.
  • Place each on a greased baking sheet. Spoon a third of the filling
  • down the center of each rectangle. On each long side, cut 1-in.-wide
  • strips 2 in. into the center. Starting at one end, fold alternating
  • strips at an angle across filling. Seal end. Cover and let rise
  • until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cover with
  • foil if browning too fast. Cool.
  • Combine sugar and milk; drizzle over bread. Garnish with cherries
  • and apricots if desired. Yield: 3 loaves.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 177 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 122 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.