There is an adorable little bakery that recently opened here in Huntsville. It’s located in a section of the city that features the most charming brick buildings and a pedestrian-friendly community. Jeff and I like to pop in there for breakfast treats on his off Fridays. We’re almost always swayed by their delicious coconut orange rolls served warm, straight from the oven. It didn’t take us long to realize that the prepackaged goods they sell to-go are every bit as delicious as the goodies from behind the counter. One of those goodies that we recently discovered was the white chocolate apricot bread. It brings together a little something savory with a little something sweet for an indulgent bread, ideal for breakfast.
As with many of the great culinary discoveries I experience in restaurants and bakeries, I wanted to try my hand at this recipe at home. And, luckily for you, I thought I’d share the results.
This bread makes a great breakfast treat when toasted to a golden brown and slathered with butter and apricot preserves. You will definitely pick up a hint of sweetness from both the apricots and white chocolate morsels, but it isn’t overly sweet.
Because it isn’t overly sweet, I think it would make a great, homemade Valentine’s Day gift for a teacher, a neighbor, or a coworker, especially when given with a cute set of heart-shaped measuring spoons like these ones that I found from Wayfair’s Valentine’s Day Bakeware selection. Aren’t they cute?
With minimal fuss put into presentation, it would be such an easy gift, too. All you’d have to do is wrap the bread in a cute parchment paper and tie it with baker’s twine. If you wanted to, you could even pick up a holiday-specific tea towel.
Super cute, right? And because this recipe is made using a bread machine, it is insanely easy. It takes under fifteen minutes to throw together.
- 3/4 c warmed whole milk
- 1 1/2 T butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1/2 t salt
- 1 T sugar
- 2 1/2 c bread flour
- 2 t yeast
- 6 oz. dry apricots, chopped
- 1/3 c white chocolate morsels
- Add milk, butter, egg, salt and sugar to bread machine pan. Evenly spread flour over the liquid. Make a small well in the center of the flour and add yeast. Lock the pan in place inside the bread machine and program for a one pound loaf of white bread. During the knead cycle the machine will make a beeping sound. When it does, add the apricots and white chocolate morsels. Close the lid and let the machine do its thing. Once your bread is finished baking, let it cool on a wire rack for 30-45 minutes before slicing or storing.