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Orange Cranberry Bread

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Easy cranberry bread recipe with orange glaze, homemade with simple ingredients. Loaded with fresh cranberries and oranges. Soft, moist but still firm. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert during Christmas holidays or even Thanksgiving.

I love the combination of sweet and tart in this bread. The cranberries not only add flavor, but such a beautiful pop of color making it so pleasant to look at and display. Sweet Potato Bread and Easy Pumpkin Bread {With Cake Mix} are also excellent holiday dessert table choices!

How To Make Cranberry Bread Recipe From Scratch?

  1. In a bowl– Mix sugar, orange zest, vanilla extract.
  2. Add flour and baking powder– Mix.
  3. In another bowl– Add eggs, butter, buttermilk, orange juice. Mix.
  4. Dump the dry flour mixture into the wet mixture– Mix.
  5. Gently stir in the chopped cranberries.
  6. Spread batter in a greased and floured loaf pan.
  7. Bake.
  8. Remove from oven- Let it cool.
  9. While the bread is cooling– Mix powdered sugar, orange juice, and orange zest.
  10. Run a knife along the edges of the pan– Turn it upside down gently to remove it from the pan onto a serving dish or cake dish.
  11. Drizzle the glaze over the warm bread– Let the glaze set.
  12. Use a sharp knife to cut slices– Enjoy!

Storage

Refrigerate- In a sealed container for up to 3 days.

Freeze– Wrap well and store in a freezer safe bag or container for up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature for an hour or in the fridge overnight.

Variations For Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry nut bread/ cranberry walnut bread– Add chopped nuts such as walnuts, pecans, or almonds.

Pumpkin cranberry bread– Add pumpkin puree to the batter for even more flavor.

Add lemon juice and lemon zest– This adds another layer of tartness that balances the cranberry and sugar well.

Try other toppings– Such as vanilla pudding, lemon buttercream frosting, cream cheese frosting, raspberry pie filling, or whipped cream.

Add other dried fruits– Such as dried raisins, apricots, mangoes, apples and so much more.

Add shredded coconut– That gives these the bread even more texture and tropical flavor.

Add other extracts– Like almond, caramel, or cinnamon.

Add herbs– Mix in crushed dried herbs such as rosemary, lavender, or rose.

Add chocolate chips– Such as milk chocolate, semi-sweet, dark, or white chocolate chips.

Tips And Techniques

Fresh cranberries vs. frozen cranberries– Frozen creanberries contain a lot of water. If you do use them, thaw them and remove the excess water before using them in the bread. Fresh will be the best option.

Can I use dried cranberries instead of fresh cranberries? Yes, you can. The bread will just have a chewy texture from the dried fruit instead.

How do I know when the bread is done? Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.

The top is browning, what do I do? If the top starts to brown too quickly, you can cover the bread with aluminum foil paper in the final 10 minutes.

Adjust flavors– Add more or less according to your preference.

Don’t over bake- This will make the bread very dry and crumbly.

Grease and flour pan– Because this prevents the bread from sticking to the pan. You can line the pan with parchment paper instead of greasing it, if you prefer.

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Orange Cranberry Bread

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

Easy cranberry bread recipe with orange glaze, homemade with simple ingredients. Loaded with fresh cranberries and oranges. Soft, moist but still firm.

Servings: 12 Slices
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas bread, cranberry bread, homemade bread, orange bread
Calories: 255 kcal
Author: Abeer Rizvi

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp Orange zest
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 2 Eggs Large
  • 1/2 cup Butter Unsalted, Melted
  • 3/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp Orange juice
  • 1 cup Cranberries Fresh, Roughly chopped
Orange Glaze
  • 1 cup Powdered sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp Orange juice Preferably freshly squeezed
  • 1 tsp Orange zest

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together sugar, orange zest, vanilla extract until combined.

  2. Add flour, baking powder and mix until combined.

  3. In another mixing bowl, add eggs, butter, buttermilk, orange juice and mix until smooth.

  4. Dump the dry flour mixture into this wet mixture and mix until just combined. Don't over-mix!

  5. Gently stir in the chopped cranberries until evenly distributed.

  6. Spread batter in a greased and floured loaf pan (Dimensions: 9×5).

  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean. If the top starts to brown too quickly, you can cover the bread with aluminum foil paper in the final 10 minutes.

  8. Remove from oven and let it cool for 30 minutes. It would eventually be warm and not completely cool.

  9. While the bread is cooling, mix together powdered sugar, orange juice, orange zest until smooth and creamy.

  10. Next, run a knife along the edges of the pan and then, turn it upside down gently to remove it from the pan onto a serving dish or cake dish.

  11. Drizzle the glaze over the warm bread.

  12. Let the glaze set for about 15-20 minutes.

  13. Use a sharp knife to cut slices and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above. 
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
Nutrition Facts
Orange Cranberry Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 95mg4%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 310IU6%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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