Orange Cranberry Bread Recipe
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Orange Cranberry Bread Recipe

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With this recipe from Ron Gardner of Grand Haven, Michigan, you can enjoy two moist loaves of bread that are packed with the zesty taste of cranberries and orange peel. TIP: “I suggest serving slices toasted with butter or cream cheese,” Ron recommends.
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 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 (trace 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 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near 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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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!"

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!"

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!"

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2013

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

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

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

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