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Apricot Pecan Bread

Apricot Pecan Bread! Easy buttermilk quick bread loaded with pecans, dried apricots and orange zest!

Don’t you just want to reach through the screen and grab a couple of slices of this Apricot Pecan Bread to have with your coffee for breakfast? I made this quick bread last week with a bunch of my favorite ingredients and now I am dying for another slice.

Too bad we ate this entire loaf in a couple of days and it has been long gone! I had to pick out the pecans for the girls…they aren’t nut fans yet. However, they still gobbled up the rest of it every morning for breakfast. I would lightly toast a slice and top it with butter and they thought it was pure heaven.

Apricot Pecan Bread! Easy buttermilk quick bread loaded with pecans, dried apricots and orange zest!

My Granny brought a ton of giant Texas pecans to us on one of her last trips to visit us here in Florida. I have been using them sparingly and decided I had to throw in a handful. I love finding crunchy bites of nuts in my breads.

I used my favorite buttermilk bread base that uses oil instead of butter. It makes an incredibly moist bread and you can mix it by hand — no need to whip butter with a stand mixer for this recipe!

Then I folded in some orange zest, chopped dried apricots and pecans. And for extra sparkle, I topped it with some coarse sparkling sugar. I love using coarse sugar sprinkles on top of bread or muffins for an extra sweet top that looks sparkly in the light!

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