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Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread

Coming from Oregon, a state famous for its cranberries, this bread is a given at our house. Each fall my husband and I scrounge around for walnuts to go in it. It's a regular on our table, and not just at Thanksgiving. I freeze the berries so I have a ready supply all year long. —Elaine Kremenak, Grants Pass, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 servings)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts


  • In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In another bowl, beat egg. Add orange juice, zest, butter and hot water. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened. Gently fold in cranberries and walnuts.
  • Spoon into a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 177 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 209mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • JGa2595176
    Nov 25, 2020

    Made as written, using frozen cranberries. Tasty, but not amazing. I found the orange flavor lacking, even using the orange juice and orange zest of an entire orange. Maybe would add orange extract to enhance? I also thought the tart of the cranberries was much more of the taste profile versus anything sweet (even with 1 cup of sugar.)

  • Anne
    Sep 29, 2020

    Easy to make and very delicious. Used dried cranberries as this is all I had and the bread is perfect.

  • ChrisD1717
    Dec 5, 2018

    This bread was delicious. It was so easy to put together. My brother couldn't stop eating it. Will make again.

  • dublinlab
    Dec 17, 2016

    Excellent! So quick and easy to whip up. I make one and get it in the oven and mix up a second one in the same bowl, only takes a couple of minutes. It freezes so well too. Janet. VFE

  • jennb76
    Jan 5, 2014

    This bread is AMAZING!!! So easy to put together and so very, very delicious! Everybody in my family loved it! This will be made often in my household and I won't be changing a single thing about it!

  • cookinfanatic25
    Oct 31, 2011

    I made this bread for my husband, while we were dating. He loved it so much that I made him another loaf, this time sharing it with his family as well. His mom, now my mother-in-law, enjoyed it so much that I shared the recipe with her.

  • quakquak
    Dec 3, 2010

    A very tasty bread great for the fall/winter months. A typical comfort food.

  • BarbWodz
    Oct 12, 2007

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  • Mary
    Sep 21, 2007

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