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Apricot Pineapple Bread and Muffins

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We have had a couple days in the low 70’s.  For the Salt Lake Valley, that feels more like fall than summer.  Great baking weather.  I have been changing recipes to work with my stewed apricots instead of the dried apricots most recipes use.  I love apricot and pineapple together so they were a natural for this recipe.  These muffins are not too sweet.  They taste great alone or with a dab of butter and some honey.  The recipe makes a dozen muffins and one loaf.   Jeff has been eating up my baked good as quickly as I make them, so, as he was devouring the muffins, I wrapped the loaf and got it into the freezer quickly.  My goal is to have the freezer full of goodies ready to pull out when we entertain.

Stewed Apricots

Wash and pit fresh apricots. Put a small amount of water in your pot, about one-quarter inch deep. The apricots will quickly make their own juice. The water is to keep them from scorching at the beginning. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a steady simmer and cook for thirty minutes or longer until they are soft. If you are doing a large amount, like I did, you can let them cool and then pack measured amounts into quart freezer bags. I made up one cup and two cup bags which I labeled. Cool them sufficiently in the refrigerator and then freeze.

Apricot Pineapple Bread and Muffins

This makes a large amount of batter. Use an extra large mixing bowl, or cut the recipe in half.

1 cup stewed apricots 

2 cups drained crushed pineapple

1 cup oil

2 tsp. vanilla

4 eggs, beaten

1 ½ cups sugar

4 cups flour (white or whole wheat)

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

3 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. ginger

1. Grease one loaf pan and a muffin pan or two loaf pans.

2. Mix together apricots, pineapple, vanilla and oil in an extra large bowl. Add the beaten eggs and sugar and mix well.

3. Combine the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Add to the apricot mixture and stir just enough to get all the dry ingredients moist.

4. Fill the muffin tins and loaf pan. Bake at 350º.  Muffins take about 35 -38 minutes.  Bread takes about 70.  They are done when tester comes out clean. 

You might try dried prunes that you stew in place of the apricots.


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Apricot Encouragement

Being  jobless is hard on most people but, I think, especially for a husband and father.  A few days ago I started my day doing my best to encourage my man.  His faith in God is strong, yet the financial pressures were pressing in.  Just as we were ending our prayers, his phone rang.  Some new friends called and asked if they could bring dinner over.  Phone hug.  Later, my mom, who was over for the day, came with me to my chiropractor.  When I went to pay, I found out she had taken care of it.  Then, leaving the doctor’s office, I did a u-turn on a side street.  As I was turning, my mother read a small sign, “Free apricots, u-pick.”  So we did.  The tree was old and huge.  The apricots covered the bending branches in clusters more than twelve inches long.  The full bag of apricots spoke of God’s provision. 

We returned the next day with our children.  As we picked we dreamed of  a farm with fruit orchards of our own.  Though we left with several bags full, the old tree looked much as it did when we came; so much was its bounty.  After hours of washing, pitting and stewing, my freezer is loaded with measured bags of goodness waiting to be baked into crisps, bread and pies.  We truly have a Father who will not let his children go hungry.

Acts 14:16-18 (New International Version)

16In the past, he let all nations go their own way. 17Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”

Deuteronomy 6:10-12 (New International Version)

 10 When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery

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