cranberry bread recipe
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Cranberry Bread Recipe

A homemade cranberry bread recipe made with fresh cranberries, orange juice, and chopped nuts. Serve for breakfast, brunch, or a holiday dessert.

This cranberry bread is full of flavor because of the fresh orange juice and grated orange rind.

Sweet-tart cranberries make a delicious quick bread to serve for breakfast, brunch, part of a special Thanksgiving or Christmas brunch menu.

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Serve warm or cold with a pat of butter or softened cream cheese spread on top.

Homemade Cranberry Bread Recipe

Hmemade Cranberry Bread Recipe
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A homemade cranberry bread recipe made with fresh cranberries, orange juice, and chopped nuts. Serve for breakfast, brunch, or a holiday dessert.
Recipe type: Brunch
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8
  • juice and grated rind of 1 medium orange
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • boiling water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a 8" x 4" x 3" metal loaf baking pan and set aside.
  3. In a measuring cup, place the juice of 1 orange and its grated rind. Add 2 Tablespoons of butter and enough boiling water to make ¾ cup. Pour into a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Whisk one egg, slightly beaten into the orange juice mixture.
  5. In a separate large mixing bowl, measure the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  6. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour the liquid into it. Stir to combine, just until moistened.
  7. Fold in the cranberries and chopped nuts.
  8. Pour into a greased and floured loaf baking pan. Let stand 20 minutes before baking. During this time preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
  10. Cool slightly in the baking pan and then turn out onto a wooden or wire rack and finish cooling.
This cranberry bread serves about 6-8.

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AboutLaura Jean Warnke

Laura Jean 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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