Simple Cranberry Bread Recipe

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This simple cranberry bread recipe is a must-try if you have never made this festive dish before. The home smells like Christmas when this bread is baking in the oven! It tastes even better the next day – that’s if any of this deliciously moist cranberry bread is left.

Cranberry Bread Recipe

It’s a no-frills recipe which can be made a few days prior to Thanksgiving or Christmas and kept in the fridge. It can be served for breakfast and is lovely with tea too.

You can mix in different kinds of nuts such as almonds and even use almond extract instead of vanilla. If you really want to make it fancy, you can use a simple 3-ingredient orange glaze made with orange juice, water, and confectioner’s sugar. Drizzle the orange glaze on the cranberry bread and serve.

 

Cranberry Bread

A simple and easy recipe for cranberry bread!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Cooling Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Bread
Appliance: oven, Whisk, Bread Loaf Pan
Servings: 2 loaves
Author: Raksha Hegde

Ingredients

  • 12 ounce cranberry bag, frozen or fresh chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp grated orange zest or lemon zest
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans coarsely chopped
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsn butter
  • 1 tbsp orange juice optional
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 loaf pans with butter (8 1/2 × 4 1/2 × 2 1/2 inches or 9 × 5 × 3 inches).
  • Whisk milk, vegetable oil, and eggs in a large bowl. 
  • Mix in the sugar, cranberries, lemon or orange zest, orange juice, cinnamon powder, and vanilla. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Pour into pans and bake for 50 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 
  • Cool for 10 minutes and loosen sides of the loaves from the pans. 
  • Let it cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. Enjoy your cranberry bread! 
    cranberry bread loaf with a couple of slices next to cranberries on a counter
  • You can also make cranberry muffins with the same dough. 
    cranberry orange muffins

Notes

You can store it for up to a week in the refrigerator. Make sure to wrap it tightly. 

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As a content writer for Organic Facts, it’s no surprise that Raksha Hegde loves writing and is passionate about wellness. She’s been a television reporter, a news producer, a yoga teacher, and a wellness festival curator. She’s studied journalism at Boston University and now works in her favorite city, Mumbai. When not working, you can find her doing Yoga or Instagramming.

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