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Since 1946, the Gonzales family has grown the rare and fabulous California Blenheim apricots. Grown on our Hollister ranch, we continue to be the farmer, pruner, dryer, packer, and seller of the vanishing Blenheim apricot. We produce the best tasting apricots in the world all "Home Grown in the Flavor Zone"!

In addition to our incredible dried apricots, be sure to discover our variety of nuts (walnuts, pistachios, almonds) and other dried fruits (peaches, pears, prunes, and more). For those who believe less is more, we have dark and delicious unsulfured dried apricots. And don't forget our sweet and tart selection of apricot jams and syrups as well as our decadent chocolate covered fruits and nuts.  Simply delicious! Everything here on the ranch is organically grown.

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Patti and Gary Gonzales, Hollister, CA

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Apricot Pecan Bread

pecanbread-250.jpgRecipe from Southern Living magazine.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice

Directions:

1) Combine chopped apricot and warm water to cover in a large bowl; let stand 30 minutes. Drain apricot. Stir in pecans and 1/2 cup flour; set aside.

2) Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition.

3) Combine remaining 3 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Add to butter mixture alternately with orange juice, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in apricot mixture.

4) Spoon into 2 greased and floured 8- x 4-inch loafpans; let stand at room temperature 20 minutes.

5) Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire rack.