"By substituting applesauce for oil and cutting back on sugar, I lowered the fat and calories in this favorite bread recipe. For a different twist use dates, raisins, and/or prunes with the apricots." --CL Reader
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped dried apricots
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons grated orange rind
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk
3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
Vegetable cooking spray
How to Make It
Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine juice and the next 3 ingredients in a bowl; stir well. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.
Pour batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan; let cool on a wire rack.
Made as is first time, but it was dry; since then, I've made some subs to make more palatable for my family: one whole egg, 1 C. white wheat or whole wheat flour as part of 2 1/2 c. flour, canola oil for applesauce and buttermilk or light sour cream for milk. More fattening but definitely better flavor!
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