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Apricot Pistachio Loaf

I made this loaf for a Mealku event, maybe you remember the breakfast marathon that I catered a little over a month ago. I got good reviews and it is entered on my recipe page, It was requested again for pick up today and I remembered I had never posted the recipe here, well thats sort of not true. I use the same recipe but make substitutions so this is actually my banana bread recipe with apricots and pistachio’s. It is a really good recipe, moist and flavorful. The apricots were I think the last apricots anywhere for the season, I normally poach them but since seeing the roasting method for figs a few weeks ago I decided to give that a try and it’s really good. I roasted the apricots with some cognac, vanilla bean, cinnamon and allspice, they are pretty amazing. NOTE: you do not have to use cognac or any type of alcohol you can use water or apricot nectar or even apple juice.

apricots

apricots

Roasted Apricots

1 lb ripe apricots split in half and pit removed

1/4 cup organic sugar

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup cognac or brandy

1/4 cup water

1 vanilla bean (whole)

1 cinnamon stick

3 whole allspice

Pre heat oven to 400 degree’s. Place the apricots cut side down in a non reactive baking pan, add the cognac, spices and vanilla bean, sprinkle the sugar on top of the apricots and then drizzle the honey. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until apricots are soft and the wonderful aroma fills the room. I spoon into canning jars while hot spices vanilla bean and all and let them sit until cooled then refrigerate.

Loaves

Loaves

Apricot Pistachio Loaf

Makes one 9 inch loaf or 3 mini loaves

1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature

1 cup sugar

2 eggs at room temperature

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp cardamom

1/4 tsp powdered ginger

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup sour cream

1 heaping cup of the roasted apricots chopped with a little of their juices

1/2 cup chopped pistachio’s plus a little to sprinkle on top of loaf

Pre heat oven to 350 degree’s, butter or spray the bottom of a loaf pan or pans and set aside. Cream softened butter and sugar in mixing bowl, beat in the eggs one at a time until creamy and fluffy. Sift flour, baking soda, salt and spices into the butter and stir to combine, Add the sour cream, apricots, vanilla and pistachio’s, stir to combine. Spoon into loaf pan smooth top, sprinkle pistachio’s on top and bake for approximately one hour. It’s done when it’s golden brown and skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes then invert onto cooling rack, let cool completely before slicing.

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  1. Loving this! And I suppose rehydrated dried apricots could be a sub. If only I could get my paws on small loaf tins…

    September 4, 2013
    • Thanks Johnny, yes dried and re hydrated apricots will work just as well. I got my small loaf tins on amazon I think. Maybe you could find them there, I use them more than the large tins I have, I make mini loaves for gifts during the holidays. Thanks so much.

      September 4, 2013
  2. Love this loaf of goodness, and I additionally like the substitution of apple juice!

    September 4, 2013
    • Thanks Pamela, yes no need to use spirits, apple juice works great as the liquid component. Thanks so much.

      September 4, 2013
  3. What a great bread along with the different options. πŸ™‚

    September 4, 2013
    • Thank you so much! I love that banana bread recipe it can morph into so many different types of loaves.

      September 4, 2013
  4. This sounds delicious!

    September 4, 2013
  5. Sounds really delicious and makes a change from banana bread. I have tons of apricots at the moment so I think I’ll give this a go. Thank you!

    September 4, 2013
    • Lucky you, apricots come and go so quickly around here, like figs. It is a really nice change from banana bread. Thanks so much.

      September 4, 2013
  6. I love banana bread, and I also like this combination as well, well done! πŸ™‚

    September 4, 2013
    • Thank you so much, with the apricots, pistachio’s and spicing it has a slightly middle eastern flair.

      September 4, 2013
  7. Fig & Quince #

    The title had me gasping (I kid you not) but the recipe is even more riveting … I just love that you roasted the apricots – with cognac no less! And that with vanilla and cinnamon and bread … mmmmmmmm MMMMMM! ps I was at a baking supply store yesterday and they had such adorable varieties of baking tins

    September 4, 2013
    • Thanks Azita, it’s a lovely combination of flavors. The spicing is so nice and the bread is really fragrant.

      September 4, 2013
  8. Oh wow, I love the combination of flavors here, and would have never thought of it on my own. I’ll definitely need to try this next time I find some apricots! Beautiful recipe.

    September 4, 2013
    • Thank you very much, went with a little bit of a middle eastern flavor.

      September 4, 2013
  9. Wow, I’m loving this recipe. Beautiful and tasty ingredients so well matched. A keeper for sure!

    September 4, 2013
    • Thank you, it is a really good match, my other favorite is figs and walnuts. I’m starting to get in the mood for holiday baking.

      September 4, 2013
      • Love figs! Yes, holidays are on my mind too! It’s a delicious time of year.

        September 5, 2013
  10. I’m impressed the apricots made it into the loaf. After roasting, they’d probably go straight to my mouth!

    September 4, 2013
    • I managed to save enough to put in the loaf, I love roasted fruit!! Thanks so much.

      September 4, 2013
  11. One of those rich in fragrance and flavor, decadent loafs. Gorgeous!

    September 4, 2013
  12. Looks delicious!

    September 4, 2013
  13. Heavenly!

    September 4, 2013
  14. Love those pistachios on your loaves. How beautiful! And what a perfect combo, apricots and pistachios.

    September 4, 2013
    • Aren’t they pretty, I just love the color of pistachio’s, that pink,brown and green are so beautiful. Thank you so much.

      September 4, 2013
  15. That bread is seriously making my heart palpitate and my mouth salivate! It looks so good. I love how you roasted the apricots. Genius! Pistachios are my favorite nut too πŸ™‚

    September 4, 2013
    • Thanks so much Suzie, Me too pistachio’s are just about my favorite.

      September 5, 2013
  16. I love this bread, Suzanne! Roasting the apricots sounds divine, too.

    September 5, 2013
    • Thanks so much Hannah, yes roasting the fruit is wonderful. Hope you are well!

      September 5, 2013
  17. Liz #

    oooo–roasting apricots is brilliant. It all looks amazing and I find myself with a sudden craving for apricot pistachio bread. Funny that πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing the recipes!

    September 5, 2013
    • Thanks Liz, I am testing different recipes for holiday gifts, I generally do fig and walnut besides the banana and applesauce or pear this was a new one.

      September 5, 2013
      • Liz #

        good call on the ingredients here, though. Really–it just strikes me as pure brilliance. Ingredients that shine together πŸ™‚

        September 5, 2013
  18. Look awfully gorgeous, Suzanne. I’m like banana bread but this can drive me crazy. Love this! πŸ™‚

    September 5, 2013
    • I love quick breads in general and love to play around with different flavors. Thanks so much.

      September 5, 2013
  19. Those loaves look lovely, and I just WISH it would cool off so I can use my oven again! It’s been in the 100s for about a week and is going to continue ;( 97 on Saturday and I won’t have a choice, but will have to turn on the oven as I’ve entered a pie contest!

    September 5, 2013
    • Oh wow Christina, thats hot, I know how it is and hate to use my oven when the temps are that hot. Hoping it cools down for you before you have to bake that pie, best of luck with that and hope to see it on your blog! Thank you so much.

      September 5, 2013
  20. Fabulous. Roasted apricots! Can imagine anything better. Love this.

    September 5, 2013
  21. Mmmm – the roasted apricots look glorious! I bet that the loaf is nice and moist, I love adding sour cream to recipes like this.

    September 5, 2013
    • The roasted apricots are great, I am really in love with roasted fruit.

      September 5, 2013
  22. I love roasted fruit Suzanne! This is such a beautiful loaf..I just love the pistachios. I’m a bit obsessed with nuts, which is why I use them for practically every recipe. I also love using apple juice in most of my recipes, so I love that you mention it as a sub here. I bet this tastes divine.

    September 5, 2013
    • Apple juice or sauce are great in so many different recipes. I love using apples to add flavor or moisture. Thanks so much!

      September 5, 2013
  23. Such a rich and delicious dessert πŸ˜€

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    September 5, 2013
  24. loaf looks so comforting,spread with some nutella will give one of the tastiest breakfast ever….nothing beats a delicious home made loaf πŸ™‚

    September 5, 2013
    • Oh wow, with nutella, never thought of that but yes that would be delicious! Thank you so much.

      September 5, 2013
  25. This sounds truly delicious. I imagine the roasted apricots would be pretty amazing as a desert with a dollop of cream. πŸ˜‰

    September 5, 2013
    • Yes absolutely actually that is my preference! Thank you so much.

      September 5, 2013
  26. Wow! This sounds so interesting and good Suzanne!
    Kenley

    September 5, 2013
  27. Sounds delicious, Suzanne – I would definitely include cognac! πŸ˜‰

    September 5, 2013
  28. Goodbye apricots, I guess fall is here! That looks hearty and delicious.

    September 6, 2013
  29. This sounds absolutely divine Suz. Apricots should soon be appearing on the shelves here for Summer, I’m excited to try this! The pistachios with the roasted apricots, spices and brandy sounds divine.

    September 8, 2013
    • Apricots, like figs have such a short span in the markets. It seems like one week they are there and the next they are gone. I always grab them while I can. The apricots and pistachio’s are a great combination, Thanks so much.

      September 8, 2013
  30. Brandied apricots?!! Oh yummm. I made apricot bread yesterday and missed my chance. Saving this recipe for next time!

    September 8, 2013
    • I wanted to make more brandied apricots but they are gone as quickly as they appeared. Next year I think. Thanks so much.

      September 8, 2013
  31. pistachios are the best. this looks AWESOME

    September 9, 2013
  32. The roasted apricots alone are incredible! what a wonderful flavor enhancement(?). And you can’t really go wrong with pistachios here.Very nice!

    September 27, 2013
    • Thank you so much, I love roasting fruit its my new favorite way to enjoy it and it really does add tremendously to baked goods.

      September 27, 2013

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