Mum's Apricot Nut Bread

My mother was an artist.  Sketching and painting were her escape from housework.  She often said that she did not like to cook. 


But she had a couple recipes worth keeping and making when we four sisters grew up.  This is one of them.  It tastes wonderful.


Measure 2 cups dried apricots.  Soak for 30 minutes in warm water to cover.  Drain and cut into small pieces.

Mix together:

2 cups sugar

4 tablespoons butter

2 eggs

Stir in 1/2 cup water and 1 cup orange juice.

Sift together and stir in 4 cups flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons salt

Blend in 1 cup chopped walnuts and the apricots.

Pour into two 9 x 5 greased loaf pans.

Let stand for 20 minutes.

Bake 55 to 60 minutes at 350 degrees.

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