Monday, November 7, 2011

Orange-Cranberry Bread

 I'm always excited to see fresh cranberries for sale in the grocery store because that means I get to bake this ...

Orange-Cranberry Bread

If you like the flavor combination of cranberries and oranges then you will LOVE this bread.  I have given this as gifts at Thanksgiving and Christmas and everybody who has received it so far has asked for the recipe or requested that next time I make it I think of them.  So today, I'm thinking of you and thinking that if this flavor combination appeals to you, you need this recipe.  With the holidays approaching it just might come in handy for you.
Without further ado ...

Orange-Cranberry Bread
(from the book:  BHG Celebrate the Season 2003)


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
2/3 cup orange juice
1-1/2 cups fresh cranberries, halved
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan or three 5-3/4x3x2 inch loaf pans.  Set aside.

IN A LARGE MIXING BOWL, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda.  Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

IN A MEDIUM MIXING BOWL, beat egg; stir in orange peel and juice.  Add to flour mixture; stir just until combined.  Fold in cranberries and nuts.

SPOON THE BATTER into the prepared pan(s).  Bake until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, allowing 60 to 70 minutes for the large loaf or 40 to 50 minutes for the small loaves.

COOL IN PAN (S) on wire rack for 10 minutes.  Remove from pan.  Cool completely on wire rack.  Wrap and store overnight before slicing (Or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days).  Makes 16 servings.

Kim's Note:  If you prefer to not use real butter, I have good results with "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter".  That is what the pictured loaves were made with and between you and I ... I really can't believe it's not butter :).

I like to make the 3 small loaves.  I think they are a nice size for a hostess gift or to tuck in the freezer for a future date when you're in the mood for eating the bread without having to do the baking.

Not only does this bread taste wonderful, but it makes the kitchen smell heavenly as it is baking.

Fall is a fabulous time for baking.
Nothing like the warmth from the oven and the sweet scents filling the air to make your kitchen a cozy place to be.


  1. It looks and sounds absolutely delicious. I can just imagine the heavenly smell:-)

  2. Hi Kim...this looks so delicious! Very pretty! I like the idea of the small bread pans. So nice for gifts or the small loaves are the perfect we are empty nesters! Thank you for sharing! Hugs ♥ Teri

  3. I love craberry bread and will have to give this one a try. Looks good, Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. Looks like perfection to favorite kind of bread! :D

  5. Looks delicious. I've copied down the recipe to try. Thanks!!

  6. Hmmm, that looks so fine and reminds me of a recipe I once had that I've misplaced. I can imagine the heavenly aroma now...

  7. Kim, I almost bought fresh cranberries, Saturday, but opted to wait, and now I am wishing i had brought them home, as I could be baking this fresh bread. thanks for the recipe, i will come back and get it.

  8. I've just copied this recipe and pictures of this delicious looking and sounding bread.......Can't wait to try it!
    Thanks Kim!

  9. Kim
    This was a best seller in the bakery were I worked many moons ago. But it was a mix, so I'm glad to finally have a recipe! Thanks.

  10. The bread looks delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I love orange Cranberry bread/muffins, but the ones I find already made sometimes have large chunks of orange peel, which I don't like. Now I can just make my own and use a fine grate for the orange peel.

  11. It looks so delicious! I can almost smell it baking in my oven! I love to bake as well! Enjoy your day!

  12. Kim, I love orange-cranberry bread! I love getting the orange -cranberry muffins at Starbucks, they're yummy!
    Thank you so much for the recipe. I am definitely going to make this and give some away for Christmas!


  13. HI Kim,
    I will definitely make these loaves for the holidays. They look yummy!


  14. First of all, your new Fall banner is absolutely beautiful! I love the creative way you put it together.

    Secondly, I have all the ingredients on hand for this bread and I can't wait to make it. Is it okay to use craisins instead of real cranberries? Thanks for sharing the recipe and adding a touch of loveliness to my day.

  15. Oh my, that looks good. I love orange and cranberry...two of my favorites. I would love a piece right now with my tea. That sounds like a good Christmas treat.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  16. I can almost taste it now! lol Looks heavenly! I'm sure they make excellent gifts.
    Thanks for the birthday wishes.

  17. It is just that perfect time of year to combine those two ingredients together for a nice loaf of warm bread! Kim, you won one of my cottages!!! Have to do the post still to announce the winners, but I just wanted you to know! Congrats! I will email you to get your home address.



  18. Kim, that looks delicious! I'm adding those ingredients to my grocery list right now :)

  19. Perfect! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I have the wee loaf neat for gift-giving.

  20. OH that looks so yummy! You are right...Fall is the perfect time to bake. Thanks for sharing . .the photos are yummy looking.

  21. Oh sweetie...your bread looks fabulous. I'll grab some hot chocolate and be right over! Heeehehee!

    Thanks for the recipe.

    God bless and enjoy this wonderful day sweetie!!! :o)

  22. I made your recipe yesterday and had to wait til this morning to eat it since it says to store overnight. This is the BEST cranberry bread I've ever sunk my teeth into. The rest of my family agrees too! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  23. Thank you Kim, for this wonderful cranberry bread recipe. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Kathi


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