Use yeast labeled "bread machine" or "quick" or "rapid" for best results.
Dry yeast for bread machines comes in a 4-oz. jar. It is a finer granulation than regular dry east and therefore doesn't need to be dissolved in water before mixing with other ingredients. It also contains ascorbic acid which lends better structure and more volume to the bread.
To easily cut dried apricots, spray your knife or kitchen scissors with nonstick cooking spray.
If your bread machine has a special signal for adding dried fruit, the apricots can be added at that time.