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Nutty Cranberry Cheddar Bread

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling


3 mini loaves

The combination of cranberries, orange and cheese makes this bread a real taste treat. I often give these lovely quick breads as gifts. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in shortening until well blended. Stir in the orange zest and lemon zest. In a measuring cup, combine orange juice and lemon juice; add enough water to measure 1 cup. Add eggs and juice mixture to dry ingredients; stir just until moistened. Fold in the cheese, cranberries and walnuts.
  2. Pour into three greased and floured 5-3/4x3x2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

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