Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe: A Delightful Combination for Any Occasion

Oct 16, 2023 | Baking & Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe

As a food critic and avid baker, I am always on the lookout for recipes that not only tantalize my taste buds but also leave a lasting impression. One such recipe that holds a special place in my heart is Cranberry Orange Bread. The delightful combination of tangy cranberries and bright citrusy orange makes this bread a true crowd-pleaser.

Originating from the beautiful shores of New England, this bread has become a staple in many households during the holiday season. It’s not only a delicious treat to enjoy with a warm cup of tea or coffee but also has a rich history that dates back to the 19th century, when cranberries were first cultivated in the region.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Step 1: Preparing the Batter

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well to ensure the dry ingredients are evenly incorporated.

Step 2: Adding the Flavorful Elements

Add the chopped cranberries, walnuts (if using), and orange zest to the dry ingredients. Toss them gently to distribute them evenly throughout the mixture. These ingredients add a burst of tanginess, crunch, and citrusy aroma to the bread.

Step 3: Mixing the Wet Ingredients

In a separate bowl, whisk together the freshly squeezed orange juice, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract until well combined. The beautiful orange color and zesty aroma will make your mouth water in anticipation.

Step 4: Combining Wet and Dry Ingredients

Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. With a wooden spoon or spatula, gently fold the mixture together until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as it may result in a dense texture.

Step 5: Baking the Bread

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan and pour the batter into it. Smooth the top with a spatula to ensure an even rise. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 6: Let It Cool and Enjoy!

Once baked, remove the cranberry orange bread from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Gently transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely. The aroma wafting through your kitchen will make you impatient, but it’s worth the wait.

This bread is delightful on its own, but you can also give it an extra touch by serving it with a dusting of powdered sugar, a dollop of whipped cream, or a drizzle of orange glaze. It’s a versatile recipe that can be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.

Tips and Variations:

  • If you prefer a sweeter bread, you can increase the sugar to 1 1/4 cups.
  • Feel free to substitute the walnuts with pecans or almonds for added crunch.
  • For a festive twist, you can sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top of the bread before baking.
  • Consider using a combination of fresh and dried cranberries for an even more vibrant flavor.
  • If you’re a fan of spices, add a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon to the dry ingredients for a warm and cozy taste.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/2 cup (about 82g)

Serving Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 200 Calories from Fat 130
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 9g 22%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 14g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 10% Iron 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

Calories per gram:

Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4

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