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This Cranberry Bread Recipe is a nice holiday snack, breakfast or treat on your holiday table. Sweet cranberries and oranges are mixed together to create a quick bread and topped with a simple icing. 

Cranberry Bread Recipe loaf

CRANBERRY BREAD RECIPE

Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner? This year has been a tough, strange year but it really has flown by at times but also been strangely slow moving. But here we are!

We made it to the end of the year and that is something to celebrate. I know we all have things to be thankful for in our lives. 

As we approach the holidays I am back with another cranberry recipe. At the holidays I love to make different things with cranberries. 

It seems to be all things cranberries around here. I have recently shared these Cranberry Bliss Bars and a Cranberry Wine Spritzer. 

Cranberry Bread Recipe ingredients

Since cranberries are one of my favorite foods it only makes sense that I share a few recipes around the holidays with you guys. 

In my house we love today’s Cranberry Bread Recipe for a snack or treat around the holidays. 

What I love most about this recipe is the orange flavor that is infused in the bread. It is such a nice pairing with the cranberries. If you want you can also add the cream cheese drizzle on top when you are done!

Cranberry Bread Recipe on plate

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS CRANBERRY BREAD?

DRIED CRANBERRIES: The dried cranberries are also both in the bars and in the frosting.

I love the sweet flavor they add to these bars. If you like dried cranberries you also need to try these Almond Energy Bites or this Coconut Cranberry Chia Seed Granola

ORANGES & ORANGE ZEST: I love the orange flavor in this bread. It uses orange zest, extract and slices to create an extra citrusy flavor with the sweet cranberries. 

The holidays is the perfect time to make this bread because oranges are in season and taste so great! 

CREAM CHEESE: There is an icing on top of this bread. It isn’t necessary to add that but I really like it and think it gives some extra flavor. The icing uses cream cheese. 

BUTTERMILK: Buttermilk is used in this recipe. Some stores sell buttermilk otherwise you can make a homemade buttermilk from scratch. 

Cranberry Bread Recipe bread on plate

HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS CRANBERRY ORANGE BREAD?

FOR THE BREAD:

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease or spray with a non-stick spray 2- 8×4-inch loaf pans.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown and white sugars, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.

Cranberry Bread Recipe in bowl
Whisk in the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, orange zest and orange extract just until combined. Do not overmix.

Cranberry Bread Recipe whisk
Fold in the dried cranberries and orange segments.

Cranberry Bread Recipe cranberries
Pour into loaf pans and bake on center rack of the oven for approx. 50 min. or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Cranberry Bread Recipe in pan

Cool in pans for approx. 10-min. then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Cranberry Bread Recipe on plate

OTHER CRANBERRY RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

WARM BRIE CRANBERRY NAAN

HAM CHEESE AND CRANBERRY ROLLUPS 

OVERNIGHT EGGNOG FRENCH TOAST BAKE WITH CRANBERRY MAPLE SYRUP

CRANBERRY ORANGE BREAD 

Cranberry Bread Recipe with milk

Cranberry Bread Recipe loaf

Cranberry Bread Recipe

Yield: 2 8x4 loaves
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This Cranberry Bread Recipe is a nice holiday snack, breakfast or treat on your holiday table. Sweet cranberries and oranges are mixed together to create a quick bread and topped with a simple icing. 

Ingredients

  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 2½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 8 Tablespoons butter (melted)
  • ¾ teaspoon orange extract
  • 1½ Tablespoons orange zest
  • 1½ Cups dried cranberries (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup orange segments (chopped)

FOR THE FROSTING

  • 4 ounces of cream cheese 
  • 1 cup powdered sugar 
  • 2 Tablespoons half and half {or whole milk}
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract 

Instructions

    FOR THE BREAD:
    Preheat oven to 350°.
    Grease or spray with a non-stick spray, either 2- 8x4-inch loaf pans or 1- 9x5-inch loaf pan. You may have a bit left over with the 9x5-inch. You can bake this in a mini loaf pan if you like.
    In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown and white sugars, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
    Whisk in the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, orange zest and orange extract just until combined. Do not overmix.
    Fold in the dried cranberries and orange segments.
    Pour into loaf pans and bake on center rack of the oven for approx. 50 min. or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool in pans for approx. 10-min. then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.


    FOR THE ICING:
    Using an electric mixer, mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar half and half and orange extract until smooth and creamy.

    If too thick, add in more half and half until it is a drizzle consistency.

    Drizzle over top of cooled loaf using a fork or spoon.

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Heidi @ Food Doodles

Monday 26th of November 2012

Oh, I just love using fresh cranberries like this! Your bread looks great(love the whole wheat flour!) :D

A Cedar Spoon

Monday 26th of November 2012

Thanks! I love fresh cranberries too- I have a few bags waiting to be made. This bread turned out great too- I hope you get a chance to try it out.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

Saturday 24th of November 2012

That bowl of cranberries makes me so homesick! I don't get the same feeling from looking at a bag of frozen cranberries. :) Beautiful bread!

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