Sunday, August 17, 2008

Tropical Apricot Bread

Tropical Apricot BreadIf you think that when it comes to bread your choices are white or wheat I'm going to expand your mind a bit today. One of my favorite little cook books that I picked up more than a dozen years ago at a Sam's Club down in North Dakota is Entrees from Your Bread Machine by Donna Rathmell German.

It's not fancy, it's not big--no pictures--and cost me all of something like $5 but it's been a terrific investment because I've used so many recipes from that cook book over the years. Here's a modified recipe from one of the many terrific bread recipes in that book. Note that there isn't a lot of sugar added to the dough because the nectar and dried fruit has so much sugar already.

1 1/2 cups apricot nectar
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tablespoon of yeast
1 cup (give or take) of diced, dried tropical fruit mix (mine had shaved coconut, mango, papaya, pineapple and raisins)

Make sure the ingredients are at room temperature then put them all into the bucket of your bread machine in the order listed (you always want the liquid on the bottom). Set the machine for the regular white bread cycle selection and let it go. Pretty soon it will smell so good you'll be screaming from the thrill of it all.

If you want to try making this the traditional by-hand way then by all means give it a go. Use the nectar as a liquid, proof your yeast and mix in the other ingredients, adding flour bit by bit until the bread it the right consistency. When I bake a loaf of bread in the bread machine I prefer to have it be a bit on the doughy side because it makes for a more tender load and if I'm baking it in the machine it doesn't matter how sticky and hard-to-handle the dough is.

It's particularly good with a fancy butter to accompany it.

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19 comments:

Content in a Cottage said...

Yum! This bread looks good enough to eat! I am sure it would make the best toast ever. I am a big fan of raisin toast but this looks better.

Thanks for sharing.

Rosemary

Laurin said...

I have been looking for a tropical bread recipe after having some of the best bread I ever tasted at a local restaurant.

I'm making this today.

Kitty said...

It sounds (and looks) delicious. I will definitely give it a try.

Kitty

Maddy said...

Apricot nectar? Am I the only person on the planet who's never heard of this? Any substitutes or links?
Cheers

Lani ~ The Wooden Porch said...

Oh yum! I love bread machine recipes!

springtreeroad said...

looks very, very tasty!

SarahHub said...

I would love this with a cup of tea for breakfast.

Cuddle Cottage said...

Oh this looks yummy! There is nothing to match the smell of baking bread. It reminds me of my sweet grandpa - in the last few years of his life, he bought himself a bread maker and he became a bread making fanatic. His favorite recipe involved dried fruit and it was so good:)

Erin said...

I love how you say "down in North Dakota", when it's "up" for most of the rest of us. Oh, and thanks for the yummy looking recipe. My bread machine is calling my name now.

Doll Clothes Gal said...

Home made bread with lashings of butter - yum!

lifemoreabundant said...

This looks great! I can replace the butter with olive oil, and it's a dairy free treat for my dairy allergic daughter!

Heather said...

Mmmmmmm!

Sucharita Sarkar said...

Sounds yummy! Here we have an apricot and peach icecream which is a favourite with the family, so i guess they'll love the bread-version, too.
BTW, Lillian's portrait was really cute and it looked like one of the princess-pictures in the fairytale books published in the Soviet Union when it was the Soviet Union.

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

YUM - I'm on my way to the kitchen to make this as soon as I finish this com...

Munchkins and Music said...

I wonder if this would be good with nectarines too because nectarines are my fav!

Bakersdozen said...

Thanks for the recipes that you post. I can't wait to try this.

jennwa said...

That looks so yummy. I wish I had a piece right now.

MommyTime said...

This recipe looks gorgeous and I can't wait to try it. I'm sorry to be delinquent in thanking you for the very lovely mention last Friday. THANK YOU. I'm so honored. We left for a lovely family vacation that morning, and I spent eight days not reading blogs but instead just playing with the kids and soaking up some travel. Now that I'm back, I have a lot of catching up to do. Thank you so much for the compliments, though! I've been enjoying Scribbit for so long, so it really means a lot to me.

Annie said...

Yummy! I'm going to give this a whirl in the machine. Or should I say, knead. I've been making lots of bread the last few weeks, even trying my hand a sourdough.