Easy Cranberry Bread Recipe – in Minutes!

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Easy Cranberry Bread makes a great breakfast, snack, dessert and a beautiful edible gift yielding 6 miniature loaves per batch! This amazing quick bread recipe takes just 5 minutes hands on time!

cranberry bread in white loaf pan

This amazing Cranberry Bread is yet another adaptation of my favorite sweet bread recipe which only takes 5 minutes hands on time to make! It’s a beautiful and festive way to celebrate the holidays, especially for gifting!

It’s subtly sweet flavor is balanced with the delicious tart cranberries which adds beautiful color to this classic sweet bread. 

step by step photo of how to make cranberry bread

I love easy quick bread recipes because they’re great for entertaining – even last minute. They’re foolproof and take about 5 minutes hands on time to make using staple ingredients I already have on hand including sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk, oil and cranberries, of course!

Cranberry Bread makes a delicious breakfast served with or without butter, snack or dessert.

As I mentioned before, it also makes a great gift! Yielding 6 miniature loaves (or 1 large loaf) it’s great for that one for you, one for me mentality. Actually, 5 to gift and one to enjoy at home! If you make a larger loaf, just increase baking time to 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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It’s especially delicious for the holidays – aka cranberry season! This bread is so moist it doesn’t need anything, but who can resist smothering it in a little butter? Not me!

slice of cranberry bread

This bread is made primarily with staple ingredients.

Cranberry Bread Ingredients

  • Sugar – granulated sugar makes this bread delightfully sweet. Sprinkle a little on top just before baking for a beautiful glisten.
  • Flour – all purpose flour, no need to sift!
  • Baking Powder – the leavening agent for this no yeast bread.
  • Salt – brings out the flavors in this easy bread recipe.
  • Eggs – large eggs bind the ingredients and also help leaven the bread. Don’t overmix.
  • Milk – use whatever you have on hand from skim to vitamin D! Almond milk is a great dairy free alternative. Milk contributes to the light texture and color of the bread.
  • Oil – oil makes this bread incredibly moist! I like to use vegetable oil in all of my quick breads.
  • Cranberries – for best results, use fresh cranberries. Frozen cranberries tend to bleed a bit more and won’t thoroughly bake through, but can be used. Chopped cranberries work best to fold into the batter. Use up to an entire bag depending on how much cranberry flavor you’d like. 

It’s so easy! No yeast, no fuss! This Cranberry Bread Recipe comes out perfect every single time! In fact, it’s a reader favorite!

How to Make Cranberry Bread

  1. Prep – Preheat oven and grease loaf pans.
  2. Combine Dry Ingredients – In a medium mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Combine Wet Ingredients – In a mixer or large bowl whisk eggs milk and oil.
  4. Blend – Gradually fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just moist. Don’t over beat.
  5. Pour Into Loaf Pans – Pour into prepared pan / pans leaving 1″ (more if you’re using 1 large loaf pan) to compensate for rise. Sprinkle with cranberries and sugar to garnish. (Optional: add a touch of orange juice to the batter or orange zest on top)
  6. Bake – Bake and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

Want another twist? The options are endless for this easy, adaptable Cranberry Bread recipe.

Variations

  • Brown Sugar – substitute granulated sugar with brown sugar
  • Add a Glaze – although you certainly don’t need to,  you can cover it using my Orange Glaze RecipeLemon Glaze, Basic Glaze Recipe or Cream Cheese Glaze. Seriously, soooo good! Through the years we’ve made it in a variety of ways.
  • Add Nuts – toss in a half cup of toasted walnuts
  • Add Orange Zest – Make it a Cranberry Orange Bread by adding a hint of orange juice and orange zest.

Tips

  • Use the Toothpick Test – Bake time varies depending on your oven, altitude, baking dish material and size. It’s done when a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Don’t Overfill – Leave room to compensate for rise.

To Store

  • Room Temperature – Store cranberry bread in a sealed plastic bag or covered in saran wrap at room temperature for up to 5 days.
  • Freeze – To freeze bread, wrap tightly in heavy foil, saran wrap or place them in freezer bags (I like to do at least 2 to prevent freezer odors from seeping in). Freeze up to 3 months. Bring to room temperature to serve.
close up of cranberry loaf with sugar sprinkled on top

Gifting

I always stock up on white ceramic loaf pans during the holidays when they’re 50% off, making them less than $1 a piece. They wrap easily with (optional cellophane and) a bow – a true no fuss homemade gift.

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Easy cranberry bread recipe in just 5 minutes

5 Minute Cranberry Bread

Julie Blanner
This easy Cranberry Bread Recipe is perfect for holiday entertaining -it makes a great breakfast, snack or dessert.It also makes a beautiful edible gift yielding 6 miniature loaves per batch. This quick bread recipe takes just 5 minutes hands on time!
5 from 33 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 48
Calories 112 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups all purpose flour all purpose
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberries fresh
  • 1/3 cup sugar for sprinkling

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease loaf pans.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl or mixer, beat eggs, milk and oil.
  • Gradually add dry mixture to wet until just moist.
  • Grease 6 miniature baking dishes and pour mixture an inch below to the top to compensate for rise.
  • Sprinkle with cranberries and sugar. Bake 40 minutes.

Notes

Substitutions

  • Milk – Use whatever you have on hand from skim milk to vitamin D. Almond milk also works well and makes it dairy free.
  • Oil – Canola oil or melted butter also work well, if needed. 
  • Cranberries – Use fresh cranberries for best results. Frozen cranberries tend to bleed a bit more and won’t thoroughly bake through, though can be used. Chopped cranberries work best to fold into the batter. Use up to an entire bag depending on how much cranberry you’d like. Dried cranberries also work well.

Variations

  • Brown Sugar – substitute granulated sugar with brown sugar
  • Add a Glaze – although you certainly don’t need to,  you can cover it using my Orange Glaze RecipeLemon Glaze, Basic Glaze Recipe or Cream Cheese Glaze. Seriously, soooo good! Through the years we’ve made it in a variety of ways.
  • Add Nuts – toss in a half cup of toasted walnuts
  • Add Orange Zest – Make it a Cranberry Orange Bread by adding a hint of orange juice and orange zest.

Tips

  • Use the Toothpick Test – Bake time varies depending on your oven, altitude, baking dish material and size. It’s done when a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Don’t Overfill – Leave room to compensate for rise.

To Store

  • Room Temperature – Store cranberry bread in a sealed plastic bag or covered in saran wrap at room temperature for up to 5 days.
  • Freeze – To freeze bread, wrap tightly in heavy foil, saran wrap or place them in freezer bags (I like to do at least 2 to prevent freezer odors from seeping in). Freeze up to 3 months. Bring to room temperature to serve.
 

Nutrition

Calories:112kcalCarbohydrates:18gProtein:1gFat:3gSaturated Fat:2gCholesterol:7mgSodium:56mgPotassium:80mgSugar:10gVitamin A:30IUVitamin C:0.4mgCalcium:36mgIron:0.6mg
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