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Great gifts for giving
The perfect addition to any gift basket
Great idea for the holidays or any special occasion
~ Apricot Pecan Bread ~
2 1/2 cups dried apricots, chopped
1 cup chopped pecans
4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 T baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 cups orange juice
Preheat oven to 350F.
Place apricots in warm water and let stand 30 minutes.
Drain. Stir in pecans and 1/2 cup flour. Set aside.
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer
for 2 minutes or until fluffy. Gradually add sugar,
beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after
each addition. Combine remaining 3 1/2 cups flour,
baking powder, soda and salt. Add to butter mixture
alternately with orange juice, beginning and ending
with flour mixture. Stir in apricot mixture. Spoon
bread batter into 2 greased and floured 8 inch loaf
pans. Bake for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted
in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack
for 10 - 15 minutes. Remove from pan.
Cool completely on wire rack.
Makes 2 loaves
For gift giving wrap loaves in Saran Wrap. Tie with
Christmas ribbon and small ornament. Add gift tag.
Can also be added to a gift basket.
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