Sweet Bread with Apricots

Sunday morning, mind and body need pampering and relaxation, without the daily stress who make our lives complicated…
If you wish to organize a delightful, delicious, yet hearty Sunday breakfast where you will enjoy with your family, I would recommend that you accompany it with a… sweet bread, a little different!
Sweet bread with the addition of dried apricots, walnuts and orange. Star anise gives it flavor and aroma, and makes it special!
work: 30′ time: 1h:20′ easy:
Wake up your family with the smells of this sweet bread, as it is baked, and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee.
Do not forget to leave aside, a few slices of this sweet bread, for the children to take to school the next day. It is a healthy, hearty, sweet bread that they will love.

Nutrition Information
per serving
  • For a slice 76 gr (2.7 oz) approximately: 250 calories
  • 10 gr (0.35 oz) fat
  • 5 gr (0.18 oz) protein
  • 40 gr (1.4 oz) carbohydrates
  • 25 mg cholesterol
  • 380 mg sodim
  • 500 ml (1.06 Pt) water
  • 200 gr (7.1 oz) dried apricots
  • 120 ml (4.1 floz) olive oil or vegetable oil ελαιόλαδο ή λάδι ελαφρύ
  • 200 gr (7.1 oz) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 450 gr (15.9 oz) flour autoraising
  • 120 ml (4.1 floz) evaporated milk
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 star anise, crushed
  • 1 orange, juice and zest
  • 150 gr (1 cup, 5.3 oz) walnuts, chopped
  • a little icing sugar, for dusting
  • 2 tbsp bredcrumbs, for the tin
Boil the apricots in 500 ml (1.06 pt) water, over medium heat, in a pan that covers for 10-15 mins.
Drain and keep ¾ - 1 cup of this juice. This is how much that you will have left after cooking. Leave aside to cool.
Apricots after 10 mins boiling have absorbed most of the water and they have inflate. It remains a slightly thick syrup.
Dice the drained and dry apricots, half a centimeter or so.
Remove the zest from the orange and squeeze to get the juice. You will need later.
Prepare the dish of oven you use, brushing it with olive oil and sprinkl it with breadcrumbs. This way the demoldability is easier.
In the mixer bowl, add the oil, sugar and egg. Beat briefly to mix and swell.
In a separate bowl mix the sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and star anise.
Pour the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture of the bowl, alternately with orange juice, milk and the guarded broth of the apricot, beating at low speed.
You must have a fairly thick mixture. If you need to dilute, add a little milk.
Cease operation of the mixer and stir with a spoon, add into the mix the chopped apricots, zest and nuts.
Pour the mixture into the baking form, which we have already prepared.
Bake in preheated oven at 180°C (356°F, Gas Mark 4.2) for 40-50 min in the last rack of the oven.
If getting fast color, cover with a parchment paper.
You test if cooked in the classic manner, boring a toothpick comes out clean.
Remove from the oven, let it cool for 10 min and then turn it upside down on a rack until completely cool.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar.