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Apricot Bread

1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup apricots
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons shortening
1 egg
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons. baking powder
1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoons (heaping) salt 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut apricots into quarters.  Then soak apricots in warm water for 30 minutes.  Drain apricots, reserving 1/4 cup for next step.  Mix together sugar, shortening and egg.  Then stir in the reserved water and orange juice.  Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Stir this into the first mixture.  Add apricots and nuts.    Then bake in a greased and lightly floured 9 x 4 loaf pan.  At 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes.  

From the recipes of Mrs. Johnson, Miami, TX

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