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Orange Cranberry Bread

These moist loaves are packed with the zesty taste of cranberries and orange peel. I suggest serving slices toasted with butter or cream cheese. —Ron Gardner, Grand Haven, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 large apple, peeled and chopped


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugars, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk the egg, milk, orange juice, oil and orange zest; stir into dry ingredients just until blended. Fold in the cranberries and apple.
  • Pour into 2 greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
    Freeze option: Securely wrap cooled loaves in foil and freeze. To use, thaw at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 98 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • carolerossi
    Dec 28, 2020

    Delicious! Very moist.

  • Karie
    Dec 23, 2020

    The best cranberry bread ever! Making it again today!! Yummy!!

  • Constance
    Mar 17, 2020

    This bread was so good that I am making it again!

  • dcscake_OH
    Apr 17, 2019

    Really like the combination of the orange and cranberries, it smelled wonderful thru my house. Will make this again.

  • Gramma Amy
    Jan 23, 2018

    very good bread... moist, with the pleasant tang of fresh cranberries. The apples give a little sweetness, which is nice.

  • Deborah
    Dec 5, 2017

    can not print recipe????

  • tipkendundot
    Jul 27, 2016

    The combination of sweet and tart in this recipe is amazingly wonderful. I used Splenda for baking and Carbmaster fat free milk in place of the sugars and 2% milk because I'm on Weightwatchers, and used self-rising flour with a little added baking powder because that's what I had on hand. Turned out amazing! I'll definitely save this recipe and make it again.

  • jiljilsch
    Apr 28, 2015

    I halved the recipe since I didn't need quite so much, but accidentally didn't halve the amount of apple called for and this still turned out fantastic! I also used an entire bag of fresh cranberries chopped finely. These were a hit!

  • Fruitland
    Jan 12, 2015

    Delicious and low-fat. I used half whole wheat flour, and mashed banana for half the sugar. I swirled my leftover Christmas cranberry sauce (instead of chopped cranberries) into the batter right before baking. Yummy!

  • sweetviolets1
    Oct 26, 2014

    WOW, this is best orange cranberry bread ever! I used walnuts inplace of the apples and added an extra 1/4 cup OJ and used dried cranberriesand it was simply delicious!