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Orange Cranberry Bread Recipe

Orange Cranberry Bread Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Orange Cranberry Bread

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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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