APRICOT PECAN QUICK BREAD — This easy quick bread features fresh, in-season apricots and crunchy pecans. With a hint of ginger and nutmeg, it’s a delicious breakfast or afternoon snack.
When I spotted apricots at the farmer’s market recently, I realized I’ve never shared a single recipe that used fresh apricots. And I thought it was time to change that! So I bought enough to make some delicious Apricot Pecan Quick Bread.
You’ll need about 8 apricots for this quick bread (maybe a few more, depending on their size). I diced mine pretty small, so they were well distributed throughout the loaf.
I really love the hint of nutmeg and ginger in this bread, and the fact that it isn’t too sweet made it perfect for breakfast. Of course, I nibbled on it all day long.
If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to add another 1/4 cup of sugar or so to the batter, but I thought it was perfect as is.
This is totally optional, but I decided to sprinkle my apricot loaves with some rolled outs before baking. A streusel topping would also be delicious. But you don’t need any extra topping at all. This bread is perfectly delicious on it’s own.
If you don’t have pecans, walnuts also work well in this recipe. For even more flavor, try toasting the nuts before adding them to the batter.
My family loves this bread, and it always disappears quickly. Which is funny, because I don’t think I could get my kids to eat an actual apricot to save my life. But toss it into a loaf of sweet bread and they love it!
I was able to make one large loaf and a few mini loaves with the batter, and I’m sure it would make fabulous muffins too!
How ever you decide to bake up the batter, summer is the perfect time to try this Apricot Pecan Quick Bread. Enjoy!
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Tips for Choosing and Storing Apricots
Appearance: When choosing apricots, look for fruit that is fragrant and slightly soft, but not mushy. Avoid apricots with any green areas. They should be yellow to deep orange in color, and may have touches of red.
Storage: Store unripened apricots in a paper bag at room temperature, away from sunlight. Once ripe, put your apricots in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, where they will keep for a day or two.
Here’s what you’ll need to make Apricot Pecan Quick Bread
- Lemon juice
- White sugar
- Brown sugar
- Baking powder
- Spices: nutmeg, ginger, salt
- Rolled oats (optional)
- 2 1/4 cups finely diced fresh apricots
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup rolled oats, for topping (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease loaf pans. (I made one 9x5x2 loaf and 1 mini loafs). In a small bowl, toss diced apricots with lemon juice.
- With an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars until. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in apricots.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and ginger. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, alternately with the milk, starting and ending with the flour. Fold in chopped pecans.
- Fill loaf pan(s) 2/3 full with batter. If desired, sprinkle rolled oats over tops of batter. Bake for about 50 minutes for a large loaf (about 25 for a mini loaf), or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool bread for 10-15 minutes in pan before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 12
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 188mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 4g
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