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Kelsey's Favorite Cranberry Bread Recipe

Kelsey's Favorite Cranberry Bread Recipe

My granddaughter, Kelsey, and I saw this recipe and decided we needed to bake together. Kelsey and her sister, Aidan, don't like nuts so I omitted them from the original recipe and added golden raisins. —Annette Grahl, Midway, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients; cut in butter until crumbly. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, orange juice and peel. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in cranberries and raisins. Transfer to a greased 8-in x 4-in. loaf pan.
  • 2. Combine brown sugar and flour; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350° for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 3. For glaze, combine confectioners' sugar and orange juice until smooth. Drizzle over bread. Yield: 1 loaf (12 slices).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 260 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 349 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Reviews for Kelsey's Favorite Cranberry Bread

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Reviewed May. 27, 2013

"I used raspberries instead of cranberries. Since they were very sour, I macerated them in a little sugar for a little while. Next time I will do it with dried cranberries or the ones that some for salads with almonds in it."

Reviewed May. 18, 2012

"Absolutley love this recipe. Also great because you do not need a mixer to make."

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"This looked so good in the magazine that I had to make it. My son loved this bread and ate it every day. The streusel and glaze make this bread so delicious! I always make two loaves and freeze one."

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2012

"The bread baked beautifully but was way too tart for my liking. Unfortunately no one would eat it. I thought it would be promising but it was not what I had expected it to be."

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"I made this today, and it was way too tart for any of us to eat. No offense to the one who posted this, but I won't be making this again."

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

"used up all my leftover cranberrys after Thanksgiving"

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

"used up my cranberry chutney after Thanksgiving"

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"Kind of disappointing. I thought with all of the positive reviews that this would be delicious, but it wasn't. the streusel topping didn't match the cranberry-orange flavor and the whole thing wasn't very good. Will not be making this again."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2010

"I first made this for my husband to take to a study group. I didn't have any fresh cranberries so I used dried, and it still turned out delicious. My only wish is that I saved an extra couple of slices before he left because when he came home the plate was bread and crumb free. :) He said it was gone within ten minutes, and they requested that he bring more to the next study group session!"

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2010

"Amazingly moist and flavorful. Everyone who has eaten it wants the recipe.

I used fresh squeezed orange juice with lots of pulp. I'm glad I froze lots of fresh cranberries so that I can make this bread year round!"

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010 Edited Dec. 1, 2013

"This bread is so moist and flavorful. I omit the raisins due to personal preference, but otherwise our family loves it!"

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2010

"This was an excellent recipe. My husband loved it and he usually doesn't like cranberries."

Reviewed Jan. 10, 2010


Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

"I LOVE this recipe and have made it often as it always gets rave reviews. I've also made it with apple juice instead of orange juice and omitted the orange peel since my daughter has citrus allergies but I personally think it's best with the orange flavoring and the delicious glaze on top!"

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2009

"This was loved by all!"

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2009

"I made it and took it to work. Everyone loved it."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2009

"This is really a great tasting bread! I did have a problem with the streusel topping sinking into the bread and ending up at the bottom. Maybe to much and to heavy? I did not add the glaze to the bread. Thought it was just fine without it."

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2009

"I just made this recipe and it is by far the best cranberry bread I have ever had. Easy to make and is so tasty. Not too sweet and oh so moist. Definately would recommend."

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