Make a large, delicious loaf of Cranberry Orange Bread! You’ll love this EASY recipe which is perfect for snacking, holidays, or gift-giving!
Do you like the flavor combination of cranberries and oranges? I sure do! In the past I’ve posted recipes here using cranberry-orange flavor palettes for cake, scones, and muffins. I’ve even used the cranberry-orange combo for salads, Israeli couscous, bagels, sauce and cookies, but realized I’ve never posted my tried and true recipe for simple, easy cranberry orange BREAD. No glazes, icings, etc. to complicate it… just sweet, delicious cranberry orange bread. YUMMO.
This recipe is SO EASY to make! The prep time is very minimal, and then into a hot oven a pan full of batter goes, only to re-appear as a golden loaf of amazing tasting bread! Cranberry Orange Bread is a yummy treat you will enjoy for breakfast, snacking, OR giving lovingly to a dear friend or family member over the holidays! Here’s how easy it is to make:
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Prepare The Batter
Before beginning, preheat your oven to 350°F. Whisk (or stir) together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large mixing bowl, until combined. Add one egg (lightly beaten), orange juice, orange zest, and vegetable shortening to the flour mixture.
Use an electric mixer to fully combine these ingredients together, then remove beaters. Once mixed, STIR in finely chopped cranberries and nuts (walnuts or pecans). Stir only until all ingredients have been incorporated into the batter.
Bake The Cranberry Orange Bread
Now that the batter for the cranberry orange bread is ready, it’s time to bake! Grease or spray the bottom only of a 9×5 inch bread pan. Transfer the batter into the prepared bread pan, evenly distributing the batter. Place the pan on the middle rack of a preheated oven.
Bake at 350°F for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the top of the loaf comes out clean. Oven temperatures tend to vary quite a bit, so I recommend checking the bread at the 50 minute mark, just to make sure you don’t over-cook it.
Removing The Bread From The Pan
When done, the top should be beautiful and golden brown, and a toothpick will come out CLEAN. Transfer the pan to a wire rack, and let cool for about 10 minutes, before attempting to remove it from the pan. After it cools, gently slide a butter knife around the edges of the bread to loosen it from the pan.
Place a platter on top of the bread pan. Quickly turn the loaf upside down, and tap on the bottom of the pan until the bread releases. If it doesn’t immediately release, turn it back over, re-do the sides with the butter knife, and let it cool a few more minutes. Carefully place the loaf back onto a wire rack to finish cooling after removing it from the pan.
Cool, Slice, And Eat!
Let the cranberry orange bread cool for awhile before slicing. This will ensure a nicely cut slice! You can eat the bread warm with a dab of butter if desired. We tend to enjoy this bread the most when served at room temperature, but it’s most certainly YOUR choice.
However you choose to eat it, either still warm or at room temperature… it really is delicious! The cranberry orange flavor is wonderful, and I am confident you will like it! The bread also freezes well, if wrapped very well!
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Original recipe source: unknown (written on an index card I’ve had for over 30 years)
Make a large, delicious loaf of Cranberry Orange Bread! You'll love this EASY recipe which is perfect for snacking, holidays, or gift-giving!
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ cup orange juice
- 1 large egg , lightly beaten
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 1 Tablespoon orange zest , finely grated orange peel
- 1 cup cranberries , finely chopped
- ½ cup walnuts or pecans , finely chopped
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or spray the bottom only of a 9x5 inch bread pan.
Whisk (or stir) flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl, until combined. Add egg (lightly beaten), orange juice, orange zest, and vegetable shortening to flour mixture. Use an electric mixer to mix ingredients together. STIR in cranberries and nuts. Stir only until all ingredients have been incorporated into batter. Transfer batter into prepared pan, evenly distributing batter. Place pan on middle rack in preheated oven.
Bake at 350°F for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the top of loaf comes out clean. I recommend checking the bread at 50 minutes, to make sure you don't over-cook it.
When done, the top should be golden brown, and a toothpick has come out CLEAN. Transfer pan to a wire rack; let cool for 10 minutes, before attempting to remove bread from pan. After it cools, slide a butter knife around edges of the bread to loosen it from pan. Place a platter on top of the bread pan. Holding both platter and bread pan carefully turn loaf upside down; tap on bottom of pan until bread releases. If it doesn't immediately release, turn it back over, re-do sides with butter knife, and let cool 3-4 more minutes. Carefully place loaf on wire rack to finish cooling after removing it from pan. Let cool, slice and enjoy warm, or at room temperature.
Caloric calculation made using pecans.
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