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

A homemade cranberry bread recipe made with fresh cranberries, orange juice, and chopped nuts. Serve for breakfast, brunch, or a holiday dessert.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry bread recipe
Servings: 8
Author: Laura Warnke


  • 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease and flour a 8" x 4" x 3" metal loaf baking pan and set aside.
  • 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 3/4 cup. Pour into a medium mixing bowl.
  • Whisk one egg, slightly beaten into the orange juice mixture.
  • In a separate large mixing bowl, measure the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour and pour the liquid into it. Stir to combine, just until moistened.
  • Fold in the cranberries and chopped nuts.
  • Pour into a greased and floured loaf baking pan. Let stand 20 minutes before baking. During this time preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
  • 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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