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Apple Cranberry Bread Recipe

Apple Cranberry Bread Recipe

Cranberries lend a burst of tart flavor and bright color to this quick bread sent in by Phyllis Schmalz of Kansas City, Kansas. Dotted with crunchy nuts, slices of the moist loaf are good for breakfast with a cup of coffee or as a snack anytime of the day.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cups chopped peeled tart apples
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt;. In a small bowl, whisk eggs and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened (batter will be very thick). Fold in apples, cranberries and walnuts.
  • 2. Transfer to an 8x4-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 60-65 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. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 140 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 143mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.

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Bigs19 User ID: 8951815 255251
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2016

"This was very good I made some adjustments. I did not have any cranberries so I used craisons that I soaked in water, I omitted the eggs and used 1/2 cup of cinnamon apple sauce and instead of chopped nuts used oatmeal. Per other reviews I grated the apples and added a teaspoon of vanilla. Very delicious!"

DebSt User ID: 8676635 240319
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

"Found this recipe when searching for a new bread recipe for holiday gatherings. When I made it I shredded the apples. I also added 1 teaspoon of vanilla after I had made it once according to the recipe. I received many requests for the recipe. It is very good and simple to make."

kimspacc User ID: 1340117 233937
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2015

"Nice flavor and easy to make."

vj221979 User ID: 5329286 218882
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2015

"I've made this for a few years now and everyone loves it!"

jglewis99 User ID: 8101890 36723
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"Incredibly easy to make and delicious. I put in 50% more cranberries and only 1 apple and toasted pecans because I had no walnuts. The loaf was crisp golden brown on the outside and moist inside. The kids and my husband loved it. People who found the dough crumbly either didnt mix the wet and dry ingredients together properly or forgot the oil. There is absolutEly no need to add more liquid."

Loneeann User ID: 7511824 36720
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

"At first, I thought I made a mistake and forgot liquid until, I folded in the apples and cranberries. Then, the batter was more manageable and perfect. Excellent !!!!!!!!!!! "

smstillinger User ID: 3094333 53125
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2012

"This is a very tasty bread. When it's all mixed up, it's more like crumbles than batter. I just pressed it into the loaf pan and it baked up fine. Very moist and flavorful."

Darwain User ID: 6572026 36716
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2012

"I've made this recipe, there's no mistake or missing in the recipe, it turns out really great. All my guests and family LOVES this recipe. yes this batter is very thick but that's okay as long as put fruit and nuts and fold it, then put in the pan and the baking would do the work. it's very lovely recipe. I put frozen cranberries in the batter no need to be thawed."

twodogs16 User ID: 6280406 136361
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"to dry"

maddiesean User ID: 6357063 60148
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2011

"Very dry batter - added about 1/2 cup milk. Also, reduced apple amount to about a cup."

blest2bemom User ID: 911212 136360
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2010

"I agree with mamafreak, there is no reason this recipe is wrong. I cannot count how many times I have made this bread. It's a family favorite and I even give it away as gifts and I always get recipe requests. I recommend trying it again and really paying attention to the recipe. It's a no fail recipe. The dough is heavy and thick but it should never be crumby at all, I think that they might have missed an ingredient or two. I am baffled that it hasn't work for jenjen1177, quinton1 and jamieswin. Try it again!!"

Windwisprd User ID: 3895193 40303
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

"I pulled this from the magazine a few years ago, the only difference is are that the original recipe had 1 egg & 1/2 tsp salt. I grate my apples since it's just faster/easier for me. Really like that you can taste the apple (unlike some other recipes) & the cranberries are nice and tart. This is not an overly sweet nor doughy recipe. Very good."

jenjen1177 User ID: 1012662 132433
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2009

"This was disappointing. As other cooks said, the batter was so dry (crumbly) I had to add water. The bread has a grainy, cornbread-type appearance. The one good thing is that it turns out moist and yummy. It reminds me of cherry pie. I don't think I will make it again, though, because of the difficulty in preparing it."

jamieswin User ID: 4427113 119074
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2009

"I found that I needed to add some water to it in order to make it moist enough to spread into the pan."

mxzsnogrl User ID: 2731936 65698
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2009

"I used extra apples than what the recipe called for and it was excellent. It is now my husbands favorite bread!"

nanellen49 User ID: 2708493 40119
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2009

"I have used this recipe several times and it always comes out great however before adding cranberries I soak them in 1/4 cup orange juice and add mixture . I always use a combo of macintosh and courtland apples. This is soooo good Nanellen"

mamafreak User ID: 3455304 86523
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2008

"Not sure what would have gone wrong with quinton1's recipe because I have made this bread many times and it is my absolute favorite! (I can eat the whole loaf myself) I know that the batter is very, very thick and lumpy but it shouldn't be crumbly. I would suggest giving it another try because when it turns out the way it should it really is soooo delicious!"

quinton1 User ID: 2548427 40116
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2008

"There must be something missing from this recipe.I was very dissappointed.The batter was like cookie crumble.This recipe was the worst one I ever made from taste of home.I usually have great results with their recipes,not this one,"

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