Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Apricot Nut Bread

apricot nut bread

It’s not officially Christmas baking time until I make Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Apricot Nut Bread.

apricot nut bread mini

And that is exactly what I did this past Sunday.

Unlike most of the things I bake, this recipe is for me.

Measuring the flour with my favorite antique tin measuring cup from Grandma,

snipping the apricots just like she did with kitchen shears,

mixing with old-time Christmas music playing like we did when I helped her as a child…

Remembering how she smelled, remembering how her hands looked and felt, remembering her voice, remembering her love.

Baking this bread every year at this time just takes me back – makes me smile – allows me to remember – fills me with love.

apricot nut bread slice

The smell of this bread baking is one of my very favorite smells in the entire universe.  (In fact, sometimes I go outside for a couple of minutes, so that I can come back in and be HIT by the smell!)

The taste of this bread…

not too sweet – a bit dry – densely filled with bursts of tart apricot chunks and crunchy walnuts….

For me – this bread is love – it is memories of childhood – memories of a grandma’s heart.

Do you have a recipe that does this to you?

I wonder if Grandma is why I often express my love for people by baking?

Thanks for the memories, Grandma.  Thanks for the love.  You are my Stella Star!

You can  find the recipe for my all-time favorite thing to bake here – Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Apricot Nut Bread where I shared it last year.

Hope you are enjoying the season.  I’m going to go have a slice and a cuppa!

Cheers & Hugs,


40 thoughts on “Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Apricot Nut Bread

  1. I’m a fruitcake fan myself. You’ve made this so appealing. But tell me: along with your ever-present tripod, do you also have special lighting hanging around for your photos? The lighting on that top photo is really good.

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    • Awh Thanks Kirk! I actually shot this outside. Natural lighting is always the best. I balance it on the deck railing – very carefully – because I love the natural background colors of the woods. I’m not sure if you recall the time I made a beautiful peach cake that we never got to eat, because it fell off the railing into the mulch below. We had cantaloupe for dessert instead that evening. 🙂

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  2. What a dear tribute to your gramma Jodi. My gramma made a “knick your socks off” cheesecake. We have her handwritten recipe in our family memory book. I read your other post about Stella Star. Thanks for sharing your memories. Love all around today!

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  3. I would bet that your Grandmother’s love and example has a lot to do with why you enjoy baking for your friends and family! And what a nice tradition to follow. I don’t have a single recipe that reminds me of my grandmother, but I do have wonderful memories of being in her little kitchen, helping her make cookies, cupcakes and brownies.


  4. Jodi – your grandmother sounded just like mine! I just read your post about her from last year – she sounded wonderful! I miss my grandmother so much – she passed away last November at 99 1/2 years old – she also quit school in 8th grade and helped raise her siblings…never got her driver’s license…and was the wisest person I ever knew… 🙂 🙂

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  5. hi Jodi, this post and Stellar Star post were deeply moving. Very much so. Grandmothers can be the best legacy for us and our children’s children. As we remember – we do. And pass down the love. Baking, canning, etc. was a huge part of their lives, that and Blackberry picking! YUM 🙂 I hope the next generation, can and will appreciate some of our grandmothers’ legacies. WONDERFUL POST!!!

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