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A B … Z Bread

a b ... z bread| feastingwithfriendsblog.comHere I go again…returning to blogging after a brief absence. After my initial return, I actually got ahead of the blogging game and had several posts completed and ready for publication. This A B …Z bread {Apple, Blueberry & Zucchini Bread} is one that was half ready. And then, 2 weeks ago today, we lost our beloved dog Ozzie. I’ve felt as if I’ve had the wind knocked out of me. My heart is broken.

ozzieOzzie was a member of our family just shy of 13 years. His death was shocking, yet peaceful and quick. He didn’t suffer.  A blessing for him. Yet still devastating for us. Ozzie brought so much love and joy into our family. He came into our lives during an emotionally trying time. He joined our family shortly after the passing of Glenn’s father. Obviously not filling the void of my father in law’s absence, but helping our hearts heal.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, you’ll know the sweetness that Ozzie possessed. There are numerous adjectives to describe him…beautiful, mild tempered, loving, loyal, happy, nosy, talented, energetic, lazy, pampered…I could go on and on. My favorite adjective to describe him? Diva. Yes, Ozzie was a Diva Dog. A demanding Diva at times. If he made up his mind he wanted a cookie…a cookie he would get. If he wanted your place on the couch…you would move. He was an insistent little devil…but the angelic look on his face couldn’t be refused.

Ozzie loved smelling flowers. He wiped his feet, all four paws, on a rug [self-trained] when coming inside. Ozzie slept in our bed, and preferred to be under the covers…just like us. He could “sit-up pretty” with a steadiness that was amazing. He was a lap dog extraordinaire. Ozzie went to work with me and won the hearts of everyone in the office. His favorite place to lay? Right on top of my desk! Not a problem until he decided my keyboard was his pillow.

Ozzie was deaf for more than half of his life. Let’s just say he was well rested from sound sleeping. The rest of us suffered from his snoring. Oh my…that boy snored…and snored loud. It’s odd how you can miss something that at one time was so annoying. But his deafness also gave him the ability to understand our modified version of sign language and read lips. Yes…he was that smart! Why else would he energetically wag his tail when I signed “I love you” or simply mouthed the words to him? He loved us and we loved him…unconditionally. Oh, how I miss him. We’re adjusting to life without Ozzie. As are our other dogs, George and Gracie. Thankfully, they were able to say goodbye and I hope, understand his absence. Life goes on…thankfully, we have numerous happy memories of our wonderful friend. ❤

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Through times of sadness, comfort foods help. This bread has provided comfort… and nourishment.  Lots of healthy things – apples, blueberries and zucchini. A just a bit of naughty – sugar. Comforting, satisfying and filling.

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A B ... Z Bread

  • Servings: 2 standard loaves, 16 mini-loaves or 24 muffins
  • Difficulty: easy
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3 eggs
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
¾ cup applesauce
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup shredded apple
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
¾ teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup blueberries, tossed with 1 Tablespoon flour



  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease or butter and lightly flour baking pans. [Two 5×9 loafs or 16 mini-loafs or 24 muffins.]
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside.
  • In the bowl of a mixer, beat the eggs with the olive oil until light and somewhat frothy. Add the applesauce, sugar and vanilla; beat until well blended and slightly thickened.
  • Stir in the shredded zucchini and apple. Beat on medium speed until evenly incorporated in the egg mixture.
  • Add the dry ingredients [flour mixture] in two increments; blending well.
  • Remove bowl from mixer, fold in the blueberries [coated with flour] by hand with a rubber spatula. Divide the batter equally between the prepared pans.
  • Bake standard size loaves for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. [Note: my mini-loaves bake in about 20 minutes, muffins in approximately 15 minutes.]
  • Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire racks to cool. When completely cool store in air-tight container or bag.


  1. LoPie

    Just wonderful heart warming memories of Ozzie…. Forever in my heart….that good boy wiping his feet❤️

    Thanks for sharing the delicious bread with my family. Needless to say, it was gobbled in record time. Love you Nancy.

  2. Hi Nancy, I’m so sorry to hear about Ozzie’s passing! I hope everyone, humans and dogs, are doing well. The bread looks delicious, btw. A new study just came out saying there is no such thing as “comfort food,” but I think they don’t know what they’re talking about. This ABZ bread would certainly comfort me, and I hope it did so for you!

    • Thank you, Ngan. We are all doing well now…though that first week or so was tough. The happy memories keep us smiling these days. 🙂

      No comfort food?? Impossible…I could name at least 3 … or 30, hahhah … that bring me comfort!

  3. So sorry about ozzie. .. I understand how difficult it is, back home my dog is unwell and keep asking mom about him all the time… time just flies off and we are left only with memories throughout. … between your bread looks gorgeous. .. love it… 🙂 🙂

    • Thank you for your kind words, Chitra. I’m sorry to hear your dog is unwell…I’m sure it’s difficult with him being far away too. But you are right, the happy memories of our pets make coping with their loss a little easier. 🙂

  4. Nancy, I am so sorry for the loss of dear Ozzie! Dogs are the most wonderful loyal and adorable friends in our lives. May he rest in peace.

    Tha t bread is gorgeous and delish and ofcourse soothing :).

    Take it easy lady!
    Love n Hugs!

  5. Oh Nancy. I’m so so sorry. I can’t imagine how you must be feeling. What a sweetheart he must have been and I can only hope things become easier.
    Sending love and hugs,
    Trixpin x

    • Thank you for your sweet words, Trixpin. ❤ Writing this post was actually very therapeutic for me…though sadness remains, the tears are drying up and my smile has returned!

  6. Nancy – I am so, so sorry about Ozzie – you obviously have some great memories and I am sure he had a great life knowing he was loved. I like his scarf – GO BLUE! Your bread sounds delicious; apples, applesauce and blueberries – wow 🙂

    • Thank you, Judi. Ozzie was smothered with love and he returned it ten fold. 😀 I’m certainly not one to dress-up our furry family members, but Ozzie showed support for our daughters years at Michigan…green just wasn’t his color! 😉

  7. It is so sad to lose our pets who are such loving, wonderful members of our family. I’m so sorry to hear about Ozzie’s passing, Nancy.

    Your ABZ bread looks super scrumptious! Love this with some coffee..right now… 🙂

    • Thank you, Julianna. As hard as it was to loose Ozzie, just thinking of him now makes me smile. He was a sweetheart!
      Your right, this bread is the perfect companion to coffee…it was my breakfast several days in a row! 😀

  8. I’m so sorry to hear about Ozzie, Nancy–it’s so hard to lose a pet.
    The recipe you shared looks so good, too–love how you’ve used all these flavors together!

    • Thank you, Nancy. Ozzie’s presence is certainly missed!
      The bread was a perfect balance of flavors for my palate…and a great way to use the last of my garden zucchini!

  9. So sorry about your loss. I know how hurt that must feel. I have pets too I too would be devastated if they go. I love quickbreads. Time to start baking. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    • Thank you so much, Bebs. It’s a hurt that in time begins to heal and fade.
      Quick breads are a favorite of mine…especially when I need some instant gratification. 🙂

  10. So sorry to hear, Nancy. He looks like the cutest dog (and that’s coming from a cat person!…) and I totally understand how hard it is to lose such a good friend. At least, like you said, he didn’t suffer much. That’s a real consolation.
    Glad you’re busy baking and cooking – it’s the best remedy for a heartache! 🙂
    The Bread looks wonderful!

    • Thank you, Ronit. Losing our pets is certainly tough…though it will never stop me from opening my heart to a furry friend. 🙂
      The bread fit my cooking mood…quick, easy and tasty!

  11. I’m sorry to hear about Ozzie- he’s so adorable, I can tell how much he meant to you* hugs*

    Wonderful bread too- cooking/baking really is one of the best therapies when you’re feeling blue ❤

    • Thank you, Jess. Ozzie was a sweetheart…I was lucky to have him as my constant companion, especially after my recent surgery! And you’re right, cooking certainly helps. I’ve turned to many of my favorite comfort foods recently…a fed soul is a happy soul. 🙂

  12. I am so sorry to hear about your dog, Nancy! That must be very hard after having him for 13 years. Your post was such a sweet tribute to him. I like the picture of Ozzie with the flowers. Food definitely can be comforting, and your bread looks wonderful.

  13. Oooh no I’m so sorry to hear about Ozzie 😦 I’ll be thinking of you and wishing you comfort, I’m sure the bread will help with comforting as well it sounds very delicious.

    • Thank you, Alex. It’s been a weepy two weeks, but writing this post was actually quite therapeutic. 🙂

      The bread was yummy and a great way to use the last of my garden’s bounty.

  14. I am so sorry that you lost your dear Ozzie. Many don’t understand how devastating that is. I do.

    I love your ABZ bread! It has a lot of great ingredients and isn’t full of sugar. Do you think I can use unsweetened applesauce without compromising the flavor?

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