Apricot Pecan Quick Bread

Apricot Pecan Quick Bread
I love quick breads. They are the work of moments, smell amazing while they are baking and are perfect for pretty much any occasion. Often lower in sugar than traditional cakes, quick breads are perfect for breakfast, afternoon tea or dessert. My Apricot Pecan Quick Bread is no exception. Sweet dried apricots, crunchy pecans and warming ginger make this quick bread a natural at any time of year. And while it may take a little while to bake, your hands on labour is less than fifteen minutes.

Apricot Pecan Quick Bread - an easy, fruit and nut studded, ginger spiked quick bread that isn't too sweet
When my son was little, he really wasn’t a fan of my Apricot Pecan Quick Bread. He said he always felt cheated because, “It smells like a cake when it is baking, mummy, but it isn’t very sweet at all”. Now he’s grown up, my son can definitely see the merits of this versatile bread, particularly when he is cutting a couple of slices, spreading them with butter and wrapping them up to take with him to work as a breakfast on the go. Apricot Pecan Quick Bread keeps really well at room temperature covered on the side so it is great to have on hand. It’s also perfect for last minute entertaining or just a well deserved treat.

Apricot Pecan Quick Bread
Recipe Tips

I find it really tedious soaking dried apricots so I always buy ready to eat dried apricots. Sometimes I can even buy them ready chopped as well which makes this recipe quicker to put together.

On one of our recent trips to California I found dried powdered organic orange rind and dried powdered Meyer lemon rind at a lovely little spice market in Napa. I often use the dried orange rind for this recipe if I don’t have any fresh oranges to hand.

This recipe is easily doubled if you want to make one loaf to keep and one to give away.

Make sure you use a good loaf pan. I prefer a metal loaf pan because I feel they conduct heat better. I’m a huge fan of the Wilton brand.

One of my favourite ways to eat this bread is thickly sliced and spread with soft butter. For a real treat, spread it with your favourite jam or marmalade as well. Or serve with a scoop of ice cream alongside for a quick and easy dessert.

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Apricot Pecan Quick Bread
 
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Serves: 1 loaf
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated or caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • grated rind of one orange
  • 2½ cups plain (all purpose) flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup chopped, ready to eat, dried apricots
  • Glaze:
  • ½ cup icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
  • ½ teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1 to 1½ tablespoons water or orange juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C or 160°C for a fan oven).
  2. Grease and flour or line a 9" x 5" (23 x 13 cm) loaf pan.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together.
  4. Add the eggs and orange rind.
  5. Mix together well.
  6. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and ginger together.
  7. Add to the batter alternately with the buttermilk. (Two additions of dry ingredients, two additions of buttermilk.)
  8. Stir in the apricots and pecans. (The batter will be quite stiff at this point.)
  9. Spoon into the prepared loaf pan.
  10. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the loaf comes out clean.
  11. Cool the bread in the tin for ten minutes before removing it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. When the bread is completely cool, make the glaze.
  13. Mix the icing sugar and dried ginger together.
  14. Add enough water or orange juice to make a thick drizzle-able glaze.
  15. Drizzle the glaze over the cake.
  16. Let the glaze dry before cutting in slices.

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Article by April Harris

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Comments

  1. Looks so yummy delicious April!

  2. ummm, this really sounds amazing. I can’t wait to try it.

  3. Wow! That just sounds wonderful April! Wish I had some now!

  4. This loaf is really wonderful, April 🙂 I adore the combination of beautiful flavors. I’d happily eat this at any time of the day!

  5. This bread looks absolutely beautiful and perfectly baked! Perfect with a cup of tea. 🙂

  6. Great looking bread!!! I love the combination of dried fruit and nuts, especially pecans!

  7. This looks absolutely delicious April! Pinned and shared!

  8. This bread sounds fantastic. The apricots must pair wonderfully with the earthy pecans. YUM

  9. What a gorgeous bread April! I would love to try this!

  10. This si the sort of yummy bread recipes that I like finding.

  11. Hi April,
    Apricots always remind me of my Grandmother, she had apricot trees in the orchard and it was fun to pick them with her, then she would always make something special. Your bread reminds me of a special treat that my Grandmother would make. Hope you have a very special Mothers Day weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week.
    Miz Helen

    • Hi Miz Helen, I’m so happy I helped to bring back happy memories of days spent with your Grandmother. How wonderful that she had her own apricot tree! I am sure your Grandmother made some wonderful treats with the lovely fresh fruit. Thank you so much for hosting the party and I wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day weekend too 🙂

  12. Dear April, this looks wonderful…I know I would be in heaven with a slice of this and cup of tea. xo, Catherine

  13. I love quickbreads too but I haven’t had one recently that looked this good. I’d love to curl up in a chair with a book and have a slice of this and a cup of tea. It’s getting cold down here and some of this would make me happy. 🙂

  14. This quick bread is really tempting.

  15. ummm this looks wonderful making me hungry!
    I would love to have you share your posts on my WW each week.
    Hope you have a great day!
    Karren
    Oh My Heartsie Girl

  16. This looks absolutely delicious, April! Pinning!

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