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! It takes just 10 minutes to prep this quick bread recipe.

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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.

I love using cranberries in our cooking and baking! Don’t skip Cranberry Salsa, Cranberry Quick Bread, this Cranberry Cheeseball, and this Cranberry Cheeseball in the shape of Santa’s hat!

Cranberry and orange flavors make 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!

A small ceramic loaf pan filled with fresh cranberry orange bread.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Easy to make – No yeast or bread machine required!
  • Moist and decadent
  • Great with a cup of coffee!
    A small ceramic loaf pan filled with fresh cranberry orange bread.

    Ingredients

    • Sugar – Granulated white sugar to sweeten the bread.
    • Flour – All purpose flour, no need to sift!
    • Baking Powder – The leavening agent for this no-yeast bread.
    • Salt – Balances the sweet flavors in this easy bread recipe.
    • Eggs – Large eggs will bind the ingredients and also help with leavening. Don’t overmix.
    • Milk – Use whatever you have on hand – anything from skim to vitamin D! Almond milk works as a dairy free alternative. Milk contributes to the light texture and color of the bread.
    • Vegetable Oil – Oil makes this bread moist!
    • Orange zest – Zesting 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 fresh orange to slice and garnish the top of your bread.
    • Fresh Cranberries – You can also sub with frozen whole cranberries.
    Small ceramic loaf pan of cranberry orange bread, resting on a pale blue linen towel.

    Variations

    • Glaze – This bread is amazing on its own, but you can also cover it (or drizzle if you show any restraint) with Classic Glaze or Cream Cheese Glaze.
    • Cranberry Orange Almond Bread – Add sliced almonds.
    • Make it Healthier –Replace half the oil with unsweetened apple sauce.
    Small ceramic loaf pan of cranberry orange bread, resting on a pale blue linen towel.
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    Tools to Use

    Small ceramic loaf pan of cranberry orange bread, resting on a pale blue linen towel.

    Tips

    • Don’t Overfill Your Loaf Pan – Fill 2/3 full to compensate for rise.
    • Grease Baking Dishes – Be sure to grease your baking dishes for easy removal.
    • Use the Toothpick Test – Bake time varies with oven, altitude, loaf pan size and material. Use the toothpick test to determine when your loaves are baked through. When a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, it’s ready to be removed from the oven.
    • Orange Zest – Use fresh zest for the best results, but you can 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.
    Small ceramic loaf pan of cranberry orange bread, resting on a pale blue linen towel.
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    Cranberry Orange Bread

    Cranberry Orange Bread is a delicious and festive twist on a classic sweet bread recipe. The addition of cranberries and orange zest elevate it into an elegant Christmas Bread for breakfast, brunch, snacks and gifting.
    Prep: 10 minutes
    Cook: 40 minutes
    Total: 50 minutes
    Servings: 48
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    Ingredients  

    • 2 cups white granulated sugar
    • 4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 tablespoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 cups milk (Whole, 2% or whatever you have on hand)
    • cup vegetable oil
    • 1 tablespoon orange zest
    • cups fresh cranberries

    Instructions 

    • Preheat oven to 350°F.
    • Combine sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
    • Beat eggs, milk and oil.
    • Gradually add dry mixture to wet until just moist.
    • Fold in orange zest and cranberries. 
    • Grease 6 miniature baking dishes, and pour mixture an inch below to the top to compensate for rise.
    • Garnish with orange slices, cranberries and sugar.
    • Bake 40 minutes.

    Julie’s Tips

    Tips

    • Test with a toothpick – when it comes out clean, it’s baked to perfection.
    • Don’t Overfill Your Loaf Pan – Fill 2/3 full to compensate for rise.
    • Grease Baking Dishes – Be sure to grease your baking dishes for easy removal.

    To Store

    • Room Temperature – Store quick bread in a sealed plastic bag or covered in saran wrap at room temperature for up to 5 days.
    • Freeze – Wrap them 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), and freeze for up to 3 months. Bring to room temperature to serve.
    Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg

    Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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