From, "California Sizzles...Easy and Distinctive Recipes for a Vibrant Lifestyle," published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox Newsletter.



  • 1 cup dried apricots, cut into thin strips

  • 1/2 cup raisins

  • 4 Tablespoons butter, room temperature

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1 large egg, room temperature

  • 2 cups all purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 cup orange juice

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

  • 1 large egg, room temperature

  • 1 Tablespoon grated orange zest


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare Batter: Combine  apricots and raisins in a small bowl.  Add boiling water to cover.  Let stand 30 minutes, then drain.
2.  In a bowl, beat butter and sugars until creamy.  Beat in egg.
3.  In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Add flour mixture alternately with orange juice to butter mixture.  Stir in apricots, raisins and walnuts.
4.  Prepare Filling: Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.
5.  Pour 2/3 of Batter into greased and floured 9x5-inch loaf pan.  Top with Filling, then Batter.  Insert a knife and swirl to marbleize.
6.  Bake for 55–60 minutes, or until golden.  Cool 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire rack.

Can refrigerate for 1 week or freeze up to 2 months.

1 loaf

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