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Cranberry Nut Bread Recipe

Cranberry Nut Bread Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 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 egg
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1. 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 peel; 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 at 350° for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).

Nutritional 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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judydalpo User ID: 2485514 238848
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1532586 223180
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2015

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

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 69664
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7490779 15441
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7252499 42021
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6802908 16197
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2694585 42019
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3766053 39856
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2012 Edited Jan. 15, 2014

"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!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 201660
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2012 Edited Jan. 15, 2014

"I am very pleased that the readers who tried my recipe enjoyed it so much!"

KarenBrockelsby User ID: 2339318 16712
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"Loved it!"

havnfun8 User ID: 986434 16192
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009

"excellent flavor and easy to make"

Joscy User ID: 2694585 9708
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2008 Edited Nov. 9, 2012

"This recipe makes out of this world delicious bread. I've added as much as 2 cups cranberries with excellent results. If you have not yet made this bread, do so. When my son was in the Army, I'd sent him several loaves to share with buddies and superiors.

Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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