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Mom's A-to-Z Bread Recipe

Mom's A-to-Z Bread Recipe

We love this recipe around my house because we can change it from one day to the next on a whim. Just throw whatever fruit is in season into the mix, and you’ve got a tailor-made treat! —Christine Saxe, Ada, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups A to Z ingredients (choose from list below)
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Apples, peeled and shredded
  • Applesauce
  • Apricots (dried), chopped
  • Banana (ripe), mashed
  • Carrot, 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, fresh or frozen
  • Rhubarb, chopped fresh or frozen
  • Strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • Sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • Zucchini, peeled and shredded


  • 1. Combine the sugar, oil and eggs in a large bowl. Stir in A to Z ingredients of your choice and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; stir into liquid ingredients just until moistened. Stir in walnuts. 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 (12 slices each).

Reviews for Mom's A-to-Z Bread

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kdwarren 119477
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2013

"Used strawberries, raspberries, banana,coconut and a sprinkle of chocolate chips and made them into muffins. They were moist and flavorful"

clairemott 200417
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2013

"This is always excellent and I haven't found a combo that hasn't worked for me. I find myself going to this recipe first."

dmzsm 196014
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2013

"I made this when my children were little and they loved it! Lost the recipe and was extremely happy when I found it on the website! My young adults are waiting at the counter for the loaf to cool as I write. Thanks Taste of Home!"

debbiegross 119476
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2013

"I used 1-1/2 c. of chopped dates instead of 2 from the A-Z group. The bread did not rise enough, and the dates sunk to the bottom resulting in a dense bread. I will make again, but will use something that will add some moisture to it instead of taking it away. It is still a very tasty bread."

pennymckay1 199969
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

"Moist and delicious"

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