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Great gifts for giving
The perfect addition to any gift basket
Great idea for the holidays or any special occasion
~ Easy Apricot Bread ~
1--16 oz loaf frozen white or whole wheat bread dough, thawed
nonstick cooking spray
1/2 cup low-calorie apricot, strawberry, or raspberry spread
1/2 cup chopped apricots, peeled and chopped peaches,
blueberries, or raspberries
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 t lemon juice
1 to 2 t fat-free milk
Preheat oven to 350F.
Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Turn the dough
out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half.
Roll each half into a 12x7 inch rectangle. Carefully
transfer each rectangle of dough to a prepared baking
sheet. Cut up any large pieces of fruit in the fruit
spread. For each loaf, spoon 1/4 cup of the fruit spread
down the center third of the dough rectangle to within
1 inch of the ends. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the fresh fruit
over the spread. On the long sides, make 2-inch-long cuts
from the edges toward the center at 1-inch intervals.
Starting at one end, alternately fold opposite strips of
dough, at an angle, across fruit filling. Slightly press
the ends together in the center to seal. Cover and let
rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (about
40 minutes). Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden.
Remove loaves from baking sheets; cool slightly on wire
racks. For icing, in a small bowl stir together sifted
powdered sugar, lemon juice, and fat-free milk. If
necessary, stir in enough additional milk, 1 teaspoon
at a time, to make icing drizzling consistency. Drizzle
loaves with icing. Serve warm.
Makes 2 loaves
For gift giving, wrap loaves with Saran Wrap then wrap
with kitchen towels. Embellish wrapped loaves with
Christmas greenery and ribbon. Add gift tag. An added
touch...give wrapped loaves in a gift basket with a small
bread board and bread knife.
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