Apricot Cheese Bread

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup finely chopped dried apricots
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix 2 1/2 cups flour, granulated sugar , baking soda, 1 tablespoon of the cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  2. Add nuts, cheese and apricots and mix well.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat eggs, milk and melted butter to blend. Add mixture to dry ingredients and stir to moisten evenly.
  4. Butter and flour 2 (8 x 4-inch) loaf pans. Scrape batter equally into pans.
  5. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, the 1 tablespoon melted butter and the 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over batter in pans.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F until bread is well browned, springs back when lightly pressed in the center and begins to pull from pan sides, 30 to 35 minutes.
  7. Let stand in pans on a rack for about 10 minutes.
  8. Run a thin-bladed knife between bread and pan sides. Invert loaves onto rack and set upright to cool.
  9. Serve warm or cool.