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Apricot & Macadamia Eggnog Bread

Holidays and nut breads are made for each other. My spiced quick bread has three of the ingredients I can’t resist – eggnog, apricots and macadamia nuts. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, NV
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (12 slices each)


  • 4-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups eggnog
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • GLAZE:
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons eggnog


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk the first six ingredients. In another bowl, whisk eggs, 2-1/2 cups eggnog, oil, orange zest and orange juice until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in apricots and macadamia nuts.
  • Transfer to two greased 9-x5-in. loaf pans. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For glaze, in a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar and enough eggnog to reach drizzling consistency. Spoon over loaves.
    Freeze option: Securely wrap cooled loaves in plastic wrap and foil, then freeze. To use, thaw at room temperature.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested with commercially prepared eggnog.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 242 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 186mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • homemadewithlove
    Jan 19, 2017

    I had extra eggnog and wanted to make this bread. It makes 2 big loaves but was surprisingly dry.

  • Grammy Debbie
    Dec 8, 2016

    A really nice way to use up some extra eggnog I had on hand. I doubled the recipe and put the apricots ad macadamia nuts in half and put in a tropical dried fruit mix and pecans the other half. Both were a delicious breakfast treat. Be careful not to overbake as the bread was a little on the dry side, but I believe that was because I might have left it in the oven just a little too long.

  • curlylis85
    Dec 13, 2015

    The eggnog flavor really comes through when it is cool. You may want to adjust the seasonings depending on how flavorful your eggnog is.