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Apricot-Almond Coffeecake

Author: susan reid

Apricot-Almond Coffeecake Recipe

We've created this special breakfast bread for enjoying and and sharing with all your guests. It travels and freezes well; the recipe makes two loaves, so you can have one to enjoy and one for a host or hostess gift.

At a glance

2 coffecakes, 32 servings
Nutrition information


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  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 boxes (8 ounces each) dried apricots, quartered
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract

Glaze (optional)

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest (grated orange rind)
  • toasted sliced almonds, for garnish


  1. To make the dough: In a large bowl, combine the water, yeast, and 1/2 cup of the flour. Let sit for 10 minutes to give the yeast some time to get going. Add the milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, orange oil or rind, butter, and salt. Stir to mix well.
  2. Add the remaining flour 1 cup at a time, stirring until the dough forms a shaggy mass. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it to form a smooth and satiny ball. Flour your hands and the counter as necessary to keep the dough from sticking, but try not to add more flour to the dough. When the dough springs back when you give it a poke, it's ready for its first rise.
  3. Place the dough in a bowl, cover with greased plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  4. To make the filling: Pour the boiling water over the apricots and cover with plastic wrap; let them soften for 15 minutes. Drain, then put the apricots, sugar, and almond extract in a food processor and pulse until you have a thick purée.
  5. To assemble: Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. After the dough has doubled, deflate it and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide it in half, and knead each half briefly. Roll each piece of dough into a rectangle 6" wide and 15" long. Spread each rectangle with half the filling, leaving a 1" border on one long edge uncovered.
  6. Roll each rectangle up, starting with the filling-covered long edge. Place each log on one of the prepared baking sheets, and join the ends of the log together to form a circle, pinching to seal.
  7. Let the coffeecakes rise for 15 minutes. Make several parallel slashes 1" deep in each coffeecake. Let rise again, this time for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  8. Bake the coffeecakes for 25 minutes, until golden brown. Remove them from the oven and cool before glazing or cutting.
  9. To make the glaze: Whisk the ingredients together until smooth; drizzle over the coffeecakes and sprinkle with toasted almonds, if desired, before serving.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 50g
  • Servings Per Batch 32
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 50
  • Calories from Fat 18
  • Total Fat 2g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 14mg
  • Sodium 43mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 29g
  • Dietary Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 14g
  • Protein 3g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.