Cranberry Orange Bread

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  • Cranberry Orange Bread is a delicious and festive twist on my Sweet Bread recipe. The addition of cranberries and orange zest elevate it into an elegant Christmas Bread for breakfast, brunch, snacks and gifting. These little loaves make your home smell like Christmas and quickly disappear!

    cranberry orange bread

    I couldn’t let the holiday season go by without sharing my Cranberry Orange Bread! So many of you mentioned on my Cranberry Bread Recipe and Orange Bread on Pinterest how you’d like to blend the two, so of course I obliged with another pretty, giftable quick bread recipe.

    cranberry bread recipe

    Quick breads are breads that don’t require yeast which makes them a no fuss, foolproof bread that’s moist and made primarily with staple ingredients.

    This easy Cranberry Orange Bread recipe is no exception! It’s made with sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk, vegetable oil, orange zest, cranberries and orange slices to garnish. It takes less than 10 minutes to bake one large 1 1/2 pound loaf or 6 miniature loaves to share!

    slice of cranberry orange bread

    This easy Cranberry Orange Bread is perfect for holiday entertaining. Cranberry Orange Bread is the perfect addition to Christmas brunch and makes a delicious snack. It also makes a beautiful hostess gift, neighbor or coworker gift.

    Cranberry Orange is a classic Christmas pairing. Typically bitter cranberries sweetened with sugar and balanced with orange zest makes a delicious holiday combination you’ll come to crave!

    cranberry orange bread loaf

    How to Make Cranberry Orange Bread

    1. Combine sugar, flour, baking powder & salt. Set aside.
    2. Beat eggs, milk & oil.
    3. Gradually add dry mixture to wet until just moist. Fold in orange zest and cranberries.
    4. Grease 6 miniature baking dishes and pour mixture an inch below to the top to compensate for rise.
    5. Garnish with orange slices, a few additional cranberries and a little sugar. Bake and enjoy!

    cranberry orange loaf

    Zest, the outer, colorful skin of unwaxed oranges (clementines or mandarins also work) adds a lot of flavor and aroma. Simply use a zester to zest the orange. Reserve the orange to slice and garnish the top of your bread.

    Can I Substitute Dehydrated Orange Zest?

    Use fresh zest for the best results, but you can use use dehydrated orange zest. It’s not a 1-1 substitution because it is more concentrated, so start with 1/3 of the amount and add to taste.

    cranberry orange bread slice

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    Cranberry Orange Bread

    Cranberry Orange Bread is a delicious and festive twist on my Sweet Bread recipe. The addition of cranberries and orange zest elevate it into an elegant Christmas Bread for breakfast, brunch, snacks and gifting. These little loaves make your home smell like Christmas and quickly disappear!

    Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword breads, breakfast, brunch, christmas, cranberry, orange, quick bread, snack, sweet breads
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 40 minutes
    Total Time 50 minutes
    Servings 48
    Author Julie Blanner

    Ingredients

    • 2 c sugar
    • 4 c flour
    • 2 tbsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 c milk
    • 2/3 c vegetable oil
    • 1 tbsp orange zest
    • 1 1/2 c cranberries

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    2. Combine sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

    3. Beat eggs, milk and oil.

    4. Gradually add dry mixture to wet until just moist.

    5. Fold in orange zest and cranberries. 

    6. Greast 5 minuature baking dishes pour mixture an inch below to the top to compensate for rise.

    7. Garnish with orange slices, cranberries and sugar.

    8. Bake 40 minutes.

    Recipe Notes

    You can use a standard loaf pan, just increase bake time and use toothpick to test. When it comes out clean, the bread is ready to remove from the oven.

     

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