Family Favorites Apricot Date Bread

  Like Dates and Apricots? Then this is the recipe for you.
The date bread recipe from Pillsbury New Simply from Scratch 1986 uses both of these dried fruits to everyone’s advantage. 
  Along with a recipe for a orange cream cheese spread you have a great not too sweet treat to have with that morning cup of coffee or tea.
  Using a kitchen scissors to cut up the dates and apricots will make it go much faster. Let the cream cheese come to room temperature and it will mix easily with the orange marmalade. Like all nut breads this is better if not sliced and eaten until the next day.

Apricot Date Bread
½ cup dried apricots, cut into strips
Boiling water
½ cup chopped dates
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 ½ cups milk
¼ cup oil
1 egg
2 ¾ cup all purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt

  Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour bottom only of 9X5 inch loaf pan. In small bowl, cover apricots with boiling water and let stand 5 minutes, drain and add dates and walnuts.
  In large bowl, combine brown sugar, milk, oil and egg, mix well.  Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to brown sugar mixture, stirring just until moistened. Stir in apricots, dates and nuts. Pour into prepared pan.
  Bake at 350 for 60 to 70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. 
Remove from pan and cool completely. Wrap tightly and store in refrigerator.
Orange Cream Cheese
Mix 8 ounce package of softened cream cheese and ¼ cup orange marmalade.
Refrigerate until ready to use.


  1. This bread is beautiful and delicious, Myrna...thanks for letting us sample!

  2. Sounds yummy--I like dates (even have some in my cupboard) and apricots.

  3. If you have the dates and apricots I sure hope you give this bread a try. We all thought it was super good.
    Then again, we all like dates.


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