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A-to-Z Bread Recipe

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From apples to zucchini, no matter what you have on hand, chances are it will be fantastic in this bread. —Marcelle Okawa, Carson City, Nevada
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups A to Z ingredients (choose from list below)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Apples, peeled and shredded
  • Applesauce
  • Apricots (dried), chopped
  • Bananas (ripe), mashed
  • Carrots, shredded
  • Coconut
  • Dates, pitted and chopped
  • Figs (dried), chopped
  • Grapes (seedless), chopped
  • Oranges, peeled and chopped
  • Peaches, peeled and chopped
  • Pears, peeled and chopped
  • Pineapple (canned), crushed and drained
  • Dried plums, pitted and chopped
  • Pumpkin, canned
  • Raisins
  • Raspberries, unsweetened fresh or frozen
  • Rhubarb, chopped fresh or frozen
  • Strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • Sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • Zucchini, peeled and grated


  1. In a bowl, combine the sugar, oil and eggs. Stir in A to Z ingredients of your choice and vanilla. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into liquid ingredients just until moistened. Stir in nuts. Pour into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans.
  2. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves.
Originally published as A-to-Z Bread in Country Woman May/June 1996, p19

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Reviewed Aug. 18, 2015

"The flavor is good, but texture is not what I expected. I'm not going so far as to say that its dry, but its definitely not moist. The color is light, almost sand-like--also unexpected. I used zucchini this time. I'd be willing to try again with different ingredients, but I'm not holding out hope that it will be better. My banana bread recipe is 10x better than this.

Also, I pulled it out of the oven a few minutes early, as it was already done. My oven is usually slow...I did see several people commenting on changing the temp to 350, but the instructions say 350, so maybe there is an issue with the temp."

Reviewed May. 31, 2014

"I cut the recipe in 1/2 but used 2 eggs, no oil and 1 c. fruit plus 1/2 c. fruit puree....... the 1 c. was strawberries and rhubarb; the puree was strawberries.... YUM!"

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"My 4 yr. old is VERY picky, and she LOVES this bread!!! Any time we get bananas she immediately asks if I will make banana bread for her. This is defiantly a must keep!"

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2013

"I have used this recipe time and again and made adjustments to suit my tastes! Dawn E. Lowenstein"

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2013

"I have made this recipe before and I've found it really good! I have adjusted the recipe to suit my tastes! I used 2 cups sugar: 1/2 brown & 1/2 white, and I used three cups of A to Z ingredients, rather than 2 cups. Ingredients I'd used yesterday were a combination of cooked, mashed sweet potatoes, ground Navel orange, chopped unpeeled Granny Smith apple and chopped Bing cherries, pitted,

to make 3 cups total. I used 1 tsp. each
of baking powder, baking soda and salt & 2 tsp. ground cinnamon. I also baked the loaves in three 8-1/2x4-1/2" loaf pans and baked the loaves at 350o F. instead of 325o F. For me, this method worked.
I used the 55 to 65 time! I've baked this
bread a # of times and took it to our chapel
for our Sunday morning coffee breaks!
People have really enjoyed this bread!
Thank you for sharing this recipe, Marcella
Okawa! delowenstein"

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