Dried apricots and dates pack toothsome richness in this bread that also features cream cheese to balance the sweetness.
INGREDIENTS (for 1 servings):
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup dried apricots, chopped
- 3 tablespoons margarine
- 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.
Pour boiling water over apricot pieces in a small bowl. Cool.
In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and dates.
In a large bowl, cream butter or margarine, cream cheese, and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until smooth. Stir in cooled apricots and water. Pour in flour mixture, and stir until moistened. Turn batter into greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour, or until it tests done. Let stand 10 minutes. Remove from pan to rack. Cool.