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Cranberry Orange Bread: A Zesty, Sweet Treat to Savor

Enjoy the perfect blend of tart and sweet with our Cranberry Orange Bread recipe. This moist, flavorful bread is infused with fresh cranberries and zesty orange flavor, making it a delightful treat for any occasion.

December 17, 2023
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 8 people
Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 60 mins
Total 80 mins




  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C). Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, combine the orange zest, orange juice, melted butter, beaten egg, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.
  5. Gently fold in the cranberries and nuts (if using).


  1. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top.
  2. Bake for 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  3. Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Cranberry Orange Bread
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Protein 3 g6%
Total Fat 4 g5.1%
Sodium 150 mg6.5%
Sodium 150 mg6.5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use fresh cranberries for a tart burst of flavor and fresh oranges for the zest and juice for a more vibrant citrus taste.
  • To prevent cranberries from sinking to the bottom of the loaf, lightly dust them with flour before folding into the batter.
  • Do not overmix. Mix the batter just until the ingredients are combined. Overmixing can lead to a denser bread.
  • To prevent over baking, check the bread around the 50-minute.
  • For added sweetness, you can drizzle a simple orange glaze (made from powdered sugar and orange juice) over the cooled bread.
  • Keep the bread wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for up to a week.
  • This bread freezes well. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, and freeze for up to 3 months.
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Welcome to the delightful world of Cranberry Orange Bread, that combines the tartness of cranberries with the zesty sweetness of oranges in a perfect symphony of flavors. This bread is wonderfully moist, bursting with fresh cranberries, and infused with a refreshing citrus aroma. It's an ideal recipe for the holidays, but its bright, cheerful flavors make it a great choice for any time of the year.

The Origin of Cranberry Orange Bread

The tradition of making cranberry bread comes from North America, where cranberries are native and have been used in cooking for a long time. Cranberry bread with orange glaze is a tasty version that mixes the tartness of cranberries with the sweet citrus taste of oranges. This combo is especially popular during the holidays when cranberries are abundant.

The best cranberry orange bread recipe depends on personal preference. Some like a dense, moist loaf with lots of fruit, while others prefer a lighter, cake-like texture. The key is finding the right balance between the tart cranberries and sweet oranges, maybe with a touch of vanilla or almond extract. Adding an orange glaze not only enhances the flavor but also gives the bread a festive look.

For those with dietary restrictions, making a gluten-free cranberry orange bread is quite feasible without compromising on taste or texture. By substituting the all-purpose flour with a good-quality gluten-free flour blend and a bit of xanthan gum (if the blend doesn’t include it), one can enjoy this delightful treat without any gluten concerns.

This adaptation ensures that the joy of baking and savoring cranberry orange bread can be shared by everyone, regardless of their dietary needs. Whether it's the classic recipe or a gluten-free version, cranberry orange bread remains a beloved treat that symbolizes comfort and festivity.

What To Serve with Cranberry Orange Bread?

Cranberry orange bread is a delightful treat that goes well with various accompaniments. Enjoy a warm slice with a generous spread of creamy butter or cream cheese. A dollop of freshly whipped cream or a drizzle of honey or maple syrup adds a touch of indulgence. Serve it with a hot beverage like tea, coffee, or hot chocolate.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Cranberry Orange Bread:

How To Store Cranberry Orange Bread?

Storing Cranberry Orange Bread properly is crucial to maintain its freshness and flavor. Here are some tips for storing this delightful treat:

Room Temperature Storage:

  • Before storing, allow the bread to cool completely. Warm bread can lead to condensation and make it soggy.
  • Wrap the bread in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This helps to retain its moisture and keeps it from drying out.
  • For extra protection, you can then place the wrapped bread in an airtight container.
  • When stored at room temperature, the bread should stay fresh for about 2 to 3 days.

Refrigerator Storage:

  • As with room temperature storage, ensure the bread is completely cool, then wrap it tightly.
  • In the refrigerator, cranberry orange bread can last for up to a week. However, be aware that refrigeration can sometimes dry out baked goods.

Freezer Storage:

  • If you need to store the bread for a longer period, freezing is a good option.
  • Wrap the bread securely in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
  • Place it in a freezer-safe bag, squeezing out as much air as possible.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To thaw, leave the bread at room temperature until it’s fully defrosted. You can also defrost it in the refrigerator overnight.

Storage Tips:

  • Slicing Before Freezing: If you prefer, you can slice the bread before freezing. This way, you can thaw individual slices as needed.
  • Avoid Humidity: Store the bread in a dry area to prevent any moisture build-up which can lead to mold.
  • Refreshing the Bread: If the bread feels a bit dry when you serve it, you can warm it in the oven for a few minutes to refresh it.
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