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A to Z Bread

Updated on October 4, 2013

A to Z Bread - a Great Way to Use Leftover Fruits and Vegetables

My mother kept this recipe ever present and used it often. Each time she made it we thought she made something new. It was never the same bread, but it was always yummy! Leftovers rarely went to waste at our house. In fact, we grew to love leftovers more than the original meals.

Next time you find yourself with leftover fruits or vegetables, preheat the oven and stir up a batch of A to Z Bread. It's quick and easy, and who doesn't like nut bread - even without the nuts?

Photo: flavordiva

A to Z Bread
A to Z Bread

A to Z Bread

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon soda

3 teaspoons cinnamon (optional)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

3 eggs

1 cup oil

2 cups sugar

2 cups A to Z (below)

3 teaspoons vanilla

Cream cheese

Sift dry ingredients; set aside. Beat eggs in large bowl; add oil and sugar; cream well. Add A to Z (below) and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Mix well. Add nuts. Spoon into two well-greased loaf pans. Bake in preheated oven at 325 degrees for one hour. Makes two large loaves.

A to Z: Use one of the following or a mixture of the following to equal two cups, except as indicated.

Apples - grated


Apricots - chopped

Bananas - mashed

Carrots - grated

Cherries - chopped

Coconut - shredded

Dates - chopped

Eggplant - ground up

Figs - finely chopped

Grapes - seedless

Honey - omit sugar above

Lemons - 1/2 cup juice

Marmalade - omit 1 c sugar


Oranges - chopped

Peaches - chopped

Peppermint - only 1/2 cup

Pears - chopped

Pineapple - crushed and drained

Prunes - 1 cup chopped

Pumpkin - canned



Rhubarb - finely chopped

Strawberries - chopped

Sweet potato- grated

Tapioca - cooked

Tomatoes - only 1/2 cup sugar

Yams - cooked and mashed

Yogurt - plain or flavored

Zucchini - grated

Spread cream cheese on top if desired.

Nutbread Kabobs
Nutbread Kabobs

A to Z Bread Kabobs

What a Great Idea!

Ramp up your "leftover" A to Z bread and turn it into a complete and healthy meal. Make kabobs with fruits, vegetables or cheese. Wow, I would have loved leftover night even more when I was a kid.

This delightful idea found on superhealthykids.

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You may have noticed that not all of the letters of the alphabet are represented. Missing are: I, J, K, N, Q, U, V, W and X. Do you have a suggestion that could be added to the list of ingredients?

Some of the alphabet of ingredients is missing. - Do You Have a Suggestion?

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    • ecogranny profile image

      Kathryn Grace 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh, and possibly kabocha squash. Sweet, moist and delicious.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I wonder if you could use quince apples. They make lovely jam.

    • kitchenalia profile image


      6 years ago from Ontario Canada

      I wonder what cooked Quinoa would be like. kinda nutty (in more ways than one). I will try this recipe with apple as I love a good apple sauce bread.


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      6 years ago

      V- all I can think of is how scrumptious vanilla-bean ice cream is on pumpkin or zucchini bread.

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      6 years ago

      Q-Quinoa, J- Jam any but strawberry would rock, K-kiwi, N- Nutella preferably swirled in at end of mixing process, W-winter squashes ie butternut, acorn

    • Nancy S Oram profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Oram 

      6 years ago

      My own suggestion is for a letter already represented: C = chocolate chips. Quick bread is always better with chocolate chips!


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