Candied Orange-Apricot Bread Recipe

Candied Orange-Apricot Bread Recipe

How To Make Candied Orange-Apricot Bread

Citrusy and moist, this orange and apricot bread makes the perfect afternoon snack with its combination of dried apricots, orange, and crystallized ginger.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cool Time: 10 minutes
Total: 2 hours



  • 3medium oranges
  • ¾cupgranulated sugar,plus ¼ cup
  • cupsdried apricots,chopped
  • 3tbspcrystallized ginger,minced
  • cupsall purpose flour
  • 2tspbaking powder
  • ¼tspsalt
  • ½cupmilk
  • 1tbsporange liqueur,such as cointreau, grand marnier, or triple sec, optional
  • 1stickunsalted butter
  • 2largeeggs
  • confectioners sugar,for garnishing


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove bright orange outer zest from oranges. Thinly slice zest into slivers, should have about ½ cup zest. Combine zest and ½ cup water in small saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes.

  2. Add ¾ cup granulated sugar and stir to dissolve. Add apricots and ginger and continue simmering, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes longer. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan.

  4. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.

  5. Combine milk with liqueur, if desired; set aside.

  6. Beat butter and remaining granulated sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

  7. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the cooled orange-apricot mixture.

  8. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Stir after each addition until just combined, and then scrape batter into prepared pan.

  9. Bake 1 hour, or until a knife or wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and return to rack to cool completely.

  10. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before slicing.

  11. Serve and enjoy.


  • Calories: 3662.37kcal
  • Fat: 109.74g
  • Saturated Fat: 64.05g
  • Trans Fat: 3.74g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 28.92g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 7.15g
  • Carbohydrates: 623.56g
  • Fiber: 32.80g
  • Sugar: 354.82g
  • Protein: 60.12g
  • Cholesterol: 627.15mg
  • Sodium: 1584.75mg
  • Calcium: 1219.60mg
  • Potassium: 3670.54mg
  • Iron: 23.10mg
  • Vitamin A: 1383.69µg
  • Vitamin C: 211.03mg
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