Apricot Bread

Today I made Apricot Bread!

1/4 oz (1 envelope) dry yeast, 4-5C flour, 1 egg, 1/4C warm water (110-115 degrees F), 6T butter, softened, 6T fat-free sour cream, 2/3C apricot preserves

Place yeast in bowl.

Apricot Bread

Pour warm water over yeast and stir to dissolve.

Apricot Bread

Wait a couple of minutes. Water should get murky and yeast should look like smudges.

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Stir in sugar.

Apricot Bread

Add butter. Add egg. Stir in sour cream. The butter need not be fully incorporated into the batter. Try to make sure small clumps of it are evenly distributed. Add 4 cups flour. Mix until smooth. Add enough flour to form dough into an elastic ball that is still slightly sticky. Place in a greased bowl. Turn ball over once. Cover bowl in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Punch down dough. Knead a few times on lightly floured board. Roll out into two rectangles, approximatley 6″X10″. Place on greased cookie sheet. Spread apricot preserves on top of rectangles.

Apricot Bread

Apricot Bread

Fold in half lengthwise and seal edges. Cover loosely in plastic wrap and let rise about an hour.

Apricot Bread

Remove plastic wrap.

Apricot Bread

Bake at 375F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Apricot Bread

Apricot Bread

Apricot Bread

Apricot Almond Cinnamon Bars

Today we made Apricot Almond Cinnamon Bars!

1C flour, 1C sugar, 1 1/2t baking powder, 1/2t salt, 1t cinnamon, 1 egg, 6T butter, 1/2C sliced almonds, 1/2C apricot preserves

Preheat oven to 325F. Cream butter and sugar.

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Ap Alm Cin Bars

Add egg.

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In separate bowl, sift dry ingredients.

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Add to butter mixture. Blend well.

Ap Alm Cin Bars

Ap Alm Cin Bars

Spread evenly into greased 8″ square or 9″X13″ baking dish,
according to your preference for thick or thin crust, respectively.
Bake 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean and bars
move away from sides of dish. Heat apricot preserves until slightly thinned.

Ap Alm Cin Bars

Spoon onto bars and spread evenly.

Ap Alm Cin Bars

Ap Alm Cin Bars

Sprinkle almonds evenly onto preserves.

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Press in lightly.

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Cool. Cut into bars.

Ap Alm Cin Bars

Apricot Pudding

Today we made Apricot Pudding!

2C dried apricots, 6 large eggs, 1/4C milk, 2T plain lowfat yogurt, 2T rum, 3/4C sugar

Soak apricots in warm water in a plastic-covered bowl overnight. Preheat oven to 350F.

Apricot Pudding

Puree all ingredients in blender.

Apricot Pudding

Apricot Pudding

Apricot Pudding

Pour into a buttered 1 1/2 liter baking dish, that is in a larger container filled with hot water.

Apricot Pudding

Bake 50-60 minutes, or until knife comes out clean. Cool before adorning with sprinkles.

Apricot Pudding

Apricot Candy

Tonight we made Apricot Candy!

1/2C chopped dried apricots, 1/2C chopped maraschino cherries, 2/3C milk, 1/2C powdered sugar

Apricot Candy

Apricot Candy

Mix apricots and cherries. Add milk. Blend well.

Apricot Candy

Roll into balls. Roll in powdered sugar.

Apricot Candy

Place on parchment-paper lined cookie sheet. Chill until ready to serve.

Apricot Candy