Cranberry Orange Bread

cranberry orange bread

Cranberry orange bread is made with dried sweetened cranberries, orange juice, egg, and walnuts. This quick bread is a great combination of sweet and tart and can be served for breakfast, brunch, an afternoon snack or with tea. You can find other sweet and savory quick bread recipes here.

This is a recipe from my mom’s recipe collection and has been around for many years. One of the things I like the best is the big dark red pieces of cranberry make a visually interesting bread that looks good on the table.

Orange juice in the batter makes it moist and also adds just a bit of tanginess to complement the sweetness of the bread. I would say because of the orange juice this is much less sweet tasting than many other recipes I have tried.

The loaf bakes well and would make a nice gift for a new neighbor. This would also be a nice choice to make for a community bake sale or fund raiser.

The chopped walnuts are optional, but do add to the flavoring of the bread. Chop them extra fine if you want to try to disguise the walnuts and still retain the flavor.

Serve this with coffee, tea, or champagne and orange juice (a mimosa) for a great way to have a relaxing breakfast or brunch this weekend.

Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread
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Recipe type: Quick Bread
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8-12
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange rind
  • ⅓ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup dried, sweetened cranberries ( I used Ocean Spray Craisins)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a 9" x 5" x 3" loaf baking pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and sift together so everything is evenly distributed.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine grated orange rind, orange juice, water, egg, and oil. Mix well.
  5. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir just to combine.
  6. Stir in nuts and cranberries.
  7. Place in greased baking pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Set timer initially for 50 minutes and add baking time as necessary.
  8. **To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the loaf 5 minutes before baking time is over. When the toothpick comes out clean, the bread is done.
  9. You can also visually check if the bread is done by looking for a nice medium brown color and also checking that the bread has pulled away from the edges of the baking pan.

About the author

Laura Warnke

Laura Warnke is a mom, wife, and Midwest cook that enjoys sharing many of her family's favorite comfort food recipes. She grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and loves to bring that farm-style home cooking to your table.

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