Orange Cranberry Bread Recipe
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Orange Cranberry Bread Recipe

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You can enjoy two moist loaves of bread that are packed with the zesty taste of cranberries and orange peel. I suggest serving slices toasted with butter or cream cheese. —Ron Gardner, Grand Haven, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 large apple, peeled and chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 98 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugars, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk the egg, milk, orange juice, oil and orange peel; stir into dry ingredients just until blended. Fold in the cranberries and apple.
  2. Pour into two greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
    Freeze option: Securely wrap and freeze cooled loaves in plastic wrap and foil. To use, thaw at room temperature.
    Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Originally published as Orange Cranberry Bread in Quick Cooking November/December 2005, p26

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tipkendundot User ID: 8901898 251925
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2016

"The combination of sweet and tart in this recipe is amazingly wonderful. I used Splenda for baking and Carbmaster fat free milk in place of the sugars and 2% milk because I'm on Weightwatchers, and used self-rising flour with a little added baking powder because that's what I had on hand. Turned out amazing! I'll definitely save this recipe and make it again."

jiljilsch User ID: 8294399 225583
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2015

"I halved the recipe since I didn't need quite so much, but accidentally didn't halve the amount of apple called for and this still turned out fantastic! I also used an entire bag of fresh cranberries chopped finely. These were a hit!"

Fruitland User ID: 2592090 217701
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"Delicious and low-fat. I used half whole wheat flour, and mashed banana for half the sugar. I swirled my leftover Christmas cranberry sauce (instead of chopped cranberries) into the batter right before baking. Yummy!"

sweetviolets1 User ID: 5844763 60626
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"WOW, this is best orange cranberry bread ever! I used walnuts in

place of the apples and added an extra 1/4 cup OJ and used dried cranberries
and it was simply delicious!"

Wingslady User ID: 3694773 60521
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2013

"Best cranberry bread I ever made. Great with butter, ice cream, Cool Whip or cream cheese."

twodogs16 User ID: 6280406 148050
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"you"ve got a Winner here. Very Good! It`s nice to know us men can cook to. Great Job!"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 69572
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"Great with whole wheat flour. Skim milk worked fine.

~ Theresa"

rieriecar User ID: 1702077 71106
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"I've been making this recipe for over 45 years and it's still one of my familys favorites during the holidays with a cup of tea or coffee."

delic1999 User ID: 2405728 154243
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2010

"i made this during Christmas time and it is really good!!!!"

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