Holiday Eggnog Bread Recipe

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I got this recipe from an old friend. It combines two holiday favorites— eggnog and fruit-and-nut bread. My children look forward to me making it each Christmas, plus I give loaves as gifts to my co-workers.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 4-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2-3/4 cups eggnog
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • ICING:
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon eggnog

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 188 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. In a small bowl, combine the eggnog, eggs and oil; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Fold in apricots and pecans. Pour into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. or four greased 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans.
  2. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Combine icing ingredients until smooth; spread over bread. Yield: 2 regular loaves or 4 mini loaves.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with commercially prepared eggnog.
Originally published as Eggnog Bread in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1997, p19

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Myhusbandisthecook 19753
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"I'm wondering if the cooking time is accurate in the recipe. Mine always cooks in 30 minutes."

Myhusbandisthecook 20487
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"I make this recipe every Christmas."

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