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Apricot Bread Recipe

Apricot Bread Recipe

This is my most asked-for recipe. I've used it for many years, which is obvious from my recipe card that's yellowed and full of stains. The fruity appearance and taste of this easy-to-make bread blend beautifully with our warm Florida sunshine. It's always a hit whenever I serve it.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + soaking Bake: 55 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1 cup snipped dried apricots
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts


  • 1. Soak apricots in warm water for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a bowl, cream the sugar, butter and egg. Stir in orange juice. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into creamed mixture just until combined. Drain apricots well; add to batter with nuts. Pour into a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until bread tests done. Cool 10 minutes in pan before removing to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 184 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 242mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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gemnexus User ID: 8384746 233932
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2015

"My husband says it's one of the best cakes he ever has eaten. A couple of adjustments: First, I made it in a small cake pan (8x8 would do) because a loaf pan wouldn't cook through as well in my toaster oven. I didn't mess at all with the basic cake ingredients. Because I'm allergic, I eliminated the nuts and added mini chocolate chips (minis float in the batter don't sink). Most dried fruit would work, I think (I also made it with dried cherries). I suspect the fruit is what keeps the cake moist. The bread/cake even gets better with sitting around for a day or so."

manga User ID: 4211076 221732
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"The bread was moist, not dry. It's not exceptional to me. One has to really like apricots to enjoy this."

Miss_Madeleine User ID: 7294586 14090
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2013

"This turned out awesome, I used coconut milk mixed with a bit of water because I didn't have any orange juice and it was fab."

Aleida User ID: 1080334 14733
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"This was very yummy. I also added the orange pulp left after squeezing the oranges for juice, but I didn't really get a sense of orange flavour in the bread. I will definitely make again and again."

Queenweina User ID: 6145762 25765
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"Loie-Make sure you drain the apricots before adding."

StaceyAR User ID: 4547801 38771
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"This bread is so moist!"

acf7 User ID: 2380092 13204
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

"This bread was so fantastic. I made it for my grandfather and he loved it so much he asked for the recipe so he could have it more often."

LoieJ User ID: 3534770 34228
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

"I tried this recipe and it turned out awful. In fact it went into the garbage. I followed the instructions but the batter was much too thin. It seems there was too much liquid for the amount of flour."

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