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Apricot Almond Bread – The Moosewood Cookbook

March 22, 2023
Apricot Almond Bread Moosewood Cookbook

Last month I joined the Cookbook Confidential Book Club hosted by Bernadette from New Classic Recipes. Each member takes a turn at suggesting a Cook Book and we all select a recipe to make, review the book and decide if we would make room on our bookshelf for the cook book. Our first Cookbook selection was Chris Kimball’s Milk Street Tuesday Night’s Mediterranean and you can see what I made HERE . The next one is The Moosewood Cookbook. Watch for my review in a later post.

Whilst scanning the recipes I came upon the Apricot Almond Bread and thought it sounded delicious. I’ve written the recipe and here is the Goodreads link to the book The Moosewood CookBook: Recipes from Moosewook Restaurant, Ithaca, New York, if you would like to explore the other recipes.

Apricot Almond Bread

40 mins to prepare Cook 1-1/2 hours – mine only took 40 minutes to cook.


1-1/2 cups thinly sliced apricots

1-1/2 cups water

2-1/2 cups plain flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons softened butter

½ cup honey or maple syrup

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

½ – 1 teaspoon orange rind (I didn’t use this)

1 cup finely cooked almonds


Preheat Oven to 350F 180C or my oven is fan forced so 160C

Butter loaf tin

Place apricots and water in a saucepan, bring to boil and then lower heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.  Transfer to a medium bowl and cool for about 15 minutes

Sift dry ingredients, except almonds in a separate bowl

Stir butter, honey or syrup into cooled apricot mixture and then beat in egg and vanilla

Add to dry ingredients along with orange peel and almonds

Mix well but don’t over mix

Spread into pan and bake for 1-1/2hours mine was much faster than that. I checked and when knife comes out clean it is cook. Let it cool for about 10 minutes before removing from pan and a further 15 minutes before cutting.

How did the recipe rate?

✰✰✰ – Easy to make and ingredients readily available although a little time consuming in prepping and cooking apricots. It cooked much faster than the recipe suggested so you need to keep your eye on the timing.
✰✰✰✰✰ – Tasted delicious and I would make it again. It is also healthy and versatile. It can be great for a morning or afternoon tea, or served with a dollop of yogurt or cream as a dessert.

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Debbie March 22, 2023 at 08:59

    This sounds really good Sue, for a number of reasons :). I make something similar and love apricots.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2023 at 09:05

      It tasted delicious, Deb. I love apricots too! x

  • Reply Janine March 22, 2023 at 09:35

    Hmm this looks lovely Sue! I shall be trying this one out as I love a fruit cake/loaf. Thanks for sharing

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2023 at 09:06

      I enjoy a fruit cake/loaf too, Janine and this recipe was worth making. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections March 22, 2023 at 11:52

    Hi, Sue – Thank you for sharing this great recipe. Deb (WBA) suggested earlier that she would make some for me next week. Fingers crossed that she remembers! 😀
    BTW – I love your rating system. It is incredibly helpful!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2023 at 09:06

      Yes, Donna I got the idea from Deb (WBA) in one of the What’s On Your Plate? link ups. x

  • Reply Toni Pike March 22, 2023 at 14:50

    Awesome, thanks Sue x

  • Reply Min Write of the Middle March 22, 2023 at 21:54

    Hi Sue, your new book club sounds like loads of fun and the Apricot & Almond Bread recipe would have grabbed my attention too. That kind of thing is my cup of tea and yours looks delicious! Hope you’re well again and having a great week! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2023 at 09:07

      Hi Min, the book club isn’t overwhelming and as I enjoy cooking it is great to be able to try out recipes from books I might not necessarily choose. x

  • Reply Bernadette March 22, 2023 at 23:09

    Sue, this looks delicious. I like the use of apricots.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2023 at 09:07

      It was delicious, Bernadette and I love apricots so it was a win/win x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes March 23, 2023 at 08:07

    It certainly does look delicious, Sue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2023 at 09:07

      You should come for a cuppa, Christie, it is very delicious! x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs March 24, 2023 at 11:27

    Good to have fun exploring new recipes like this Sue. I am glad it was a success! Thanks for linking up your post for this week’s Wednesday’s Words and Pics at Denyse Whelan Blogs. Your presence in the WWandP community is valued. I hope to see you next week! Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2023 at 09:08

      I enjoy trying new recipes, Denyse and this one was one I will definitely make again. x

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