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Cranberry Nut Bread

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling


1 loaf (16 slices)

I created this recipe 14 years ago by combing a couple of recipes from my collection. A friends suggested I add even more cranberries. Now there's a big burst of tart cranberry and lots of crunchy nuts in every piece. —Dawn Lowenstein, Hatboro, Pennsylvania


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, orange juice and zest; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in cranberries and walnuts.
  2. Spoon batter into a greased and floured 8x4-in. loaf pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 65-70 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 169 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 258mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Lue 47
    Apr 10, 2019

    How do you grind the orange? Whole,peeled, or what? And how? Thank you...sounds good.

  • LivnInNM
    Dec 18, 2018

    Has it REALLY been since 1997 that this was first published, Dawn? That means I've been making this wonderful recipe of yours for at least 20 yrs now!! AMAZING!! It is hardly Thanksgiving or Christmas without it, a true family tradition now! The combined flavors of the orange

  • judydalpo
    Dec 6, 2015

    Really enjoy this recipe! Have made 4 loaves recently, and it is gobbled up in no time! Love the amount of cranberries and the flavor of the orange. Didn't change a thing other than use a 9 " loaf pan. Will try muffins with this recipe next"

  • djurad
    Mar 20, 2015

    Lovely recipe!! But had to use 9x5 pan. Too much batter for a smaller one.

  • ebramkamp
    Dec 26, 2013

    This is delicious. It has just the right amount of tartness which makes cranberry bread so tasty. It's the perfect holiday bread.

  • Noreen24
    Nov 18, 2013

    I made this bread and rounded the cranberry measurement. It was awesome. Nice and tart. Hey, Dawn, my birthday is 3/24 also. Thanks for a great recipe.

  • marys1928
    May 5, 2013

    I first made this recipe when it was first published and I knew it was a winner when I got all those compliments! This is definitely a family and friends favorite!

  • jerrieL
    Jan 1, 2013

    This recipe is so amazing! Love the taste of it and will make it again very soon. I made it for Thanksgiving and haven't been able to keep it in the house for very Christmas I gave it out as little gifts and now everyone is asking for this recipe.

  • Joscy
    Nov 9, 2012

    Truly, this bread deserves at least **10** stars. It is the only cranberry bread I've made for years, and will use exclusively. Thank you, Dawn, for this superior bread!!!

  • delowenstein
    Aug 17, 2012

    Actually, What I've now done since I'd submitted this recipe back in 1997, I've baked the bread in two 7-1/2x3-1/2" greased and floured loaf pans 0R you can use about four 5x3" miniature loaf pans, greased and floured! I baked the 7" loaves for at least 55 to 60 minutes & the miniature loaves for about 45 to 50 minutes at 350 o F. or until a cake tester comes out clean when inserted near the center! Each year, I bake this bread for our neighbors for the Christmas holiday season and they look forward to receiving it! I'd even baked about four loaves for a family holiday brunch on New year's Day 2012 & a family birthday brunch on 3/24/12 at our home! Another tip I have: Instead of using the bottled or grated orange peel, I started using 1 Tbsp. of ground Navel orange and the flavor of the orange in the loaf REALLY comes out!