ABC Wheat Bread


SourceMarjorie Johnson – featured in Thrive magazine
Prep time2 hours
Cooking time30 minutes
Total time2 hours, 30 minutes


Marjorie calls this nutritious bread “ABC” for the apples, bananas and carrots it contains.  Makes 3 loaves – one to savor today and a couple to freeze for summer meals or quick snacks.


1 1⁄2 c
warm water (105-110°F)
2 pk
active dry yeast
1 t
granulated sugar
1 c
finely chopped apple (Honey Crisp or Granny Smith)
1 c
bananas (mashed)
1 c
carrots (finely chopped)
1⁄2 c
nonfat dry milk
1 T
orange peel (freshly grated )
2 t
1⁄4 c
1⁄2 c
flaxseeds (ground golden)
5 c
King Arthur white flour (unbleached whole wheat)
2 T
vital wheat gluten (optional)
1 1⁄4 c
King Arthur bread flour


  1. In a large electric mixer bowl combine water, yeast and sugar. 
  2. Let stand 5 minutes to proof yeast. 
  3. Stir in rest of ingredients. 
  4. Using the electric mixer’s dough hooks, knead dough 5 to 8 minutes on low speed. If dough does not form a ball around the dough hooks, add 1 to 2 tablespoons more flour. 
  5. Place dough in greased bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until double.
  6. Punch down dough, roll dough up like a jelly roll, and seal edges and ends. 
  7. Place each in a greased 8 ¼ x 4 ½ inch loaf pan. Cover, let rise in a warm place until double.
  8. Bake in preheated 375° ovens for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. 
  9. Remove loaves from pan and place on a wire rack to cool.  Brush tops with butter if desired.


Feel free to take this basic recipe and make it your own by substituting your own favorites!!  You will find everything you need to make this bread and many others at YES, YOU GUESSED IT Ideal Green Market Co-op!


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