Classic Cranberry Orange Bread

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If you are looking for a perfect Christmas morning breakfast recipe, here is a simple and delicious cranberry orange bread recipe. Enjoy a laid-back holiday breakfast with this freshly baked cranberry nut bread, served toasted with butter or cream cheese. The best thing about this moist cranberry bread is that the home smells like Christmas when it is baking in the oven.

Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe

This cranberry orange bread recipe can be doubled or made into mini loaves. They make for perfect Christmas gifts too. Put in your favorite nuts – almonds, pecans, and walnuts work best. You can also try adding pumpkin seeds instead of nuts. If you like your bread studded with cranberries, go ahead and double the amount of cranberries you use in it. Just make sure to add a little more sugar so that you may get the right mix of sweet and tart.

cranberry orange bread next to a halved orange on a counter

Cranberry Orange Bread

A classic recipe for cranberry bread, a Christmas favorite! 
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Course: Breakfast, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Bread, Cranberry Orange Bread
Appliance: oven, Bread Loaf Pan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 1 loaf
Author: Raksha Hegde


  • 11/2 cup cranberries, frozen or fresh chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp orange zest grated
  • 2 eggs well beaten
  • 2 cups flour
  • 11/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp shortening
  • 1/2 cup nuts coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 X 5 inch loaf pan and set aside.  
  • In a big bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add in the eggs, shortening, cranberries, nuts, orange juice, and grated orange peel and mix well. 
  • Spread evenly in the greased loaf pan. 
    Dough speckled with red berries in a baking pan
  • Bake for 55 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  • Let the loaf pan cool completely on a wire rack for 10 minutes. You can then remove the cranberry orange bread from the pan and cool it before serving. Enjoy! 
    cranberry orange bread next to a halved orange on a counter


You can keep it tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for a week. 

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Raksha Hegde is the content director at Organic Facts and helps oversee a team of brilliant, dynamic content writers. She completed her MS in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, US. A former business news journalist and editor, Raksha followed her passion for wellness to become a certified Yoga teacher and a wellness festival curator. She believes that learning is a life-long process; she did a certificate e-course on “Introduction to Food and Health” in 2019 from Stanford University, US. 

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