Date and Apricot Nut Bread


1/2 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup white raisins
1/2 cup dates
3/4 cup coarsely chopped nuts
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon soda
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg, well beaten
1 and 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons melted butter


Cut the apricots in strips with scissors and place in a bowl with the raisins. Cover with boiling water and let stand for 15 minutes. Drain well. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and soda into a mixing bowl. Add the sugar, fruits, and nuts. Mix well. Stir in the egg mixed with the milk and butter. The batter will be rather thin. Pour it into a well-greased loaf pan. Let stand for 20 minutes. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 1 hour, then cool on a rack.


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