Personalized Chef Aprons and More!
1. Using kitchen shears, cut each apricot in half lengthwise.
Holding halves together, cut four
or five times crosswise. In a small saucepan, combine apricot pieces and orange juice. Bring
to a boil, then remove from heat. Allow to rest until apricots have absorbed most of the liquid,
about 1 hour.
2. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Place a baking sheet in oven. Spray or oil a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan,
and if desired, line with parchment paper. Melt butter in a microwave oven or small saucepan;
3. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking
soda, and salt; set aside. In a large
bowl, blend together reserved butter, 3/8 cup sugar, and orange zest. Mix in eggs one at a time,
then mashed bananas, apricots, and nuts. Stir in flour mixture one-third at a time, stirring well
after each addition.
4. Scrape dough into pan, and sprinkle with turbinado
sugar. Bake until a toothpick inserted
into center comes out clean, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Place pan on a rack to cool. To serve, remove
from pan, and slice thinly. Serve at room temperature.
Yield: 10 to 12 servings.