Monday, March 21, 2011

Apricot Orange Bread

Did you see 'Sex and the City' movie? Remember how Sarah Jessica Parker gets all excited about a huge closet for her shoes? I would be double excited if somehow I get a huge closet adjacent to my kitchen where I can store all my cooking, baking gadgets and the cook books. There are so many books that I have not baked from even once. Among my huge collection of baking books is one from Nestle Tollhouse. This recipe is adapted from that book. I had a pack of apricots in the pantry, more than enough oranges needed in this recipe and the weather was perfect to turn the oven on. So, here comes this fruity, chocolaty quick bread.

Today is the first day of spring. It is so cold and gloomy here that I was wondering when is the real spring coming?
Apricot Orange Bread

One Year Back - Egg less Orange Muffins
All purpose flour - 2 Cups
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Baking powder - 1 TBSP
Baking Soda - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Orange juice - 1/2 cup
Vegetable oil - 1/4 cup
Egg - 2 Large
Milk - 2 TBSP
Dried apricots - Chopped and measured 1 cup
Mini chocolate chips - 1/2 cup (I used semi sweet)
Optional - 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I didn't use them)
Apricot Orange Bread

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 X 5 loaf pan with vegetable oil spray. I made them into mini loaves. I greased 4 mini loaf pans. In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients. Whisk them together. In another bowl, take the chopped apricots and chocolate chips. Take about 2 TBSP of flour mixture and toss them with the fruit and chocolate chips to coat them. In another bowl, mix orange juice, oil and 2 eggs. Whisk to incorporate the eggs into the juice and oil. Add this to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Do not over mix. Stir in the apricots and chocolate chips. Divide the batter which will be very stiff among the mini loaf pans or the loaf pan if using a single one.
Apricot Orange Bread

Bake for 25 - 30 minutes in case of mini loaf pan, 50 - 55 minutes if using a single 9 X 5 pan and 22 - 25 minutes if making them into 12 regular sized muffins. Cool on the rack in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn them on to the wire rack to cool completely. I sliced it when still warm and that is the reason for a bit of crumbly texture.

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  1. Gorgeous mouth is's so tempting

  2. wonderful combination...apricot and orange...I would love a huge pantry too...I really miss it since I dont have really big one!
    we can never be happy and never something would be enough either! :)
    the bread is awesome!
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  3. Perfect bread,love the chocolate chips in it...nice clicks!

  4. Wow delicious combination and looks so yummy !!

  5. Wonderful combination and looks delicious. Have bookmarked your recipe.

    One question though.In method section it in mentioned "In another bowl, mix orange juice, oil and 2 eggs. Whisk to incorporate the eggs into the juice and oil".Not sure if this was added by mistake.Could you please confirm this?

  6. Looks delicious and the combined flavours of apricot & orange sound great. Even I would love to have a huge closet filled with the stuff I use for baking :-)

  7. I will be have such closets too :D ..and the bread looks neat n yum ....

  8. Oh yes,how exciting it would be to have a huge kitchen and a huge pantry, a huge oven and a huge freezer, uninterrupted power of course.. I know am being too greedy:-)

    The bread sound just my kind of bread, oranges, apricots and not loaded with fat..the loaves look great!

  9. Wonderful looking bread, gorgeous!

  10. Thanks everyone. I agree that all of us will be happier with bigger closets.

    I don't understand what the confusion is. You are mixing dry ingredients in one bowl and juice, oil and the eggs in another. You have to whisk the liquid together to break the egg and incorporate them with juice and oil. That is what I have written. Hope it makes sense now.

  11. U hv missed Eggs in the ingredient list.. So, I thougt it was eggless. What do I do if I need to amke an eggless one.?

  12. Jyoti,
    Thanks for pointing that out. Now I understand what SouthIndiahome was asking.
    To make it egg free, you could use applesauce and if you bake as mini loaves or muffins, it should come out perfect. But, if you are using a 9 X 5 pan, I would suggest flax egg - 2 TBSP of flax meal whisked with 6 TBSP of warm water. In that case, use walnuts to mask the nuttiness of the flax meal.

  13. Can you ship on loaf to me, please?

  14. Orange and apricot combo sounds delicious. Will have to try soon.

  15. Wonderful bread, loved the combo of oranges and apricot in the bread, must be divine and great for the kids... wow !!!!

  16. I love those sliced ones!..Looks fabulous..

  17. Hi Champa, I made this Bread. It came out so nice and tastes YUMMM. Thanks a lot. I love your blog. Regards.


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