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A-to-Z Bread

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
    2 loaves


  • 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
  • Sweetened 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 (prunes), 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


  • 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 8x4-in. loaf pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

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  • Amanda
    Nov 12, 2020

    Wondeful! I used leftover dates, frozen strawberries and shredded coconut. The frozen strawberries once thawed we’re pretty moist which I think greatly helped because my bread wasn’t dry at all! It did take a while to bake because the batter was so thick but still turned out fantastic.

  • PrplMonky5
    Jan 15, 2016

    I'm not entirely sure what I did wrong, but this was HORRIBLE. I used about 1 cup chopped up fresh strawberries, 1/2 cup mashed bananas, and 1/2 cup frozen blueberries. I feel like I was very careful making sure not to over-stir the mixture. Despite this, when I cooked it the inside would NOT finish cooking. The outside was getting harder and harder while the inside stayed gooey. When I finally had enough, I cut it open to find a huge hole in the middle of the bread. No idea how that happened. So to recap, inside had a huge hole and the bread all around the hole was nearly uncooked with the outside being extremely hard. The only things I can think of is either I did over mix it (despite trying so hard not to do so), the fruit mixture I used was too "wet", or the baking soda I used was a little too old. I will try this recipe again, because I refuse to be beaten by such a simple recipe. If that attempt goes better I will update my review. Otherwise, I'm really not happy with how my "bread" turned out. I had to throw everything away.

  • alfoa
    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.

  • lindakw
    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!

  • vworthen
    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!

  • pjalberg
    Aug 7, 2013

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  • delowenstein
    Jul 14, 2013

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

  • delowenstein
    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. eachof 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 thisbread a # of times and took it to our chapelfor our Sunday morning coffee breaks!People have really enjoyed this bread!Thank you for sharing this recipe, MarcellaOkawa! delowenstein

  • delowenstein
    Jul 14, 2013

    I have the original recipe from this contributor and I'd prepared it yesterday, using sweet potatoes, chopped unpeeledGranny Smith apples, 1 ground Navel orangeand chopped Bing cherries. I used a total of 3 cups of A to Z ingredients, rather than 2 cups. I also had used 2 cups of sugar in the original recipe-1/2 white and 1/2 brown. The original recipe called for 1 tsp. each of baking powder, baking soda and salt, so I kept it at that! I'd omitted the nuts since there are people who have nut allergies! I've baked this bread a # of times and it's been a lot of fun to use A to Z ingredients which work well-I'd used a combination of zucchini, shredded, ground apple (left unpeeled), ground Navel orange,candied fruit, canned pineapple, pumpkin-of course matching up the A to Z ingredients to make the bread compatible!I also found that this bread makes 3 loaves, rather than 2 loaves, using three greased and floured 8-1/2x4-1/2" loaf pans.I baked this bread at 350o and for me this oven tempt. worked! I baked 55 to 65 minutes! This bread has been a staple at our chapel Coffee breaks-I bake it and take it to our chapel and friends who have had it really enjoy the combination of flavors in this bread! My mother also has enjoyed it! Thank you, Marcelle Okawa,for submitting this recipe!

  • saltybeefnstickyrice
    Jun 6, 2013

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