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Mom’s A-to-Z Bread

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
  • Makes
    2 loaves (12 slices each)


  • 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
  • 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, fresh or frozen
  • Rhubarb, chopped fresh or frozen
  • Strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • Sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • Zucchini, peeled and shredded


  • 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 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 239 calories, 13g fat (1g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Skeeterb60
    Dec 13, 2020

    Best recipe for banana nut bread! I have given it for presents at Christmas and everyone loves it. Going to try it with Granny Smith apples and walnuts.

  • wendy
    Jul 29, 2020

    Made a zucchini and carrot bread....the ingredients didn't look to that pretty to start with and I thought it might be a little to bold. Added a little orange juice to help break up the veggies. And added tons of walnuts, well double what it asked for. It tasted spectacular. Thank you so much. This recipe is a keeper, and I will use it often.

  • cookbook48
    May 17, 2020

    just made this bread with strawberries and it is delicious i used pecans instead of walnut add 1 cup dark chocolate chips also only added 1/2 teaspoon of salt it made 2 very high loaves

  • 2damncats
    Feb 2, 2018

    sburr434I found 1 teaspoon salt makes it to salty. Maybe use 1/2 teaspoon. This doesn't work well with blueberries. I will try other ingredients.

  • kdwarren
    Sep 17, 2013

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

  • pbscales
    Aug 12, 2013

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  • clairemott
    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.

  • ironbutterfly45
    May 25, 2013

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  • francisca
    Apr 8, 2013

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  • dmzsm
    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!