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Cranberry Eggnog Bread

When I am in the mood to bake I often find myself looking for sweet quick breads. Many loaves have baked up, but this one, oh this one. Eggnog and cranberries are up front and center, which is what I love about this recipe. It is strong in flavor and the texture is wonderful.

This has to be one of the best sweet breads I have ever made. The texture, the taste, everything about it was absolutely fantastic.

To make a Cranberry Eggnog Trifle using this recipe: Cube the cranberry eggnog bread. For the filling I combined a package of instant vanilla pudding with eggnog (however much it calls for on the package, typically it is 2 cups.) After that has set for a few minutes, combine it with a container of cool whip. Mix with an electric hand mixer then layer in a trifle dish. Fantastic.

Many thanks to the wonderful blog, Your Cup of Cake for this recipe. I skipped the glaze only because I used every last drop of eggnog in the bread itself. Enjoy!

Cranberry Eggnog Bread
Makes 1 large loaf, 9x5" approx
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  • For the bread:
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1 (3.4 oz.) box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 C. butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. rum flavored extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 C. eggnog
  • 2 1/4 C. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 C. chopped fresh cranberries (I left mine whole, it turned out fine)
  • Optional Eggnog Glaze:  
  • 1/4 C. eggnog
  • 1 C. powdered sugar, more if you want a thicker glaze
  1. Preheat oven to 350-f degrees and grease a large loaf pan.
  2. Cream sugar, pudding mix and butter together until smooth. Add eggs, rum extract and vanilla extract. Stir. Add eggnog & stir.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg together. Add to butter/eggnog mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in cranberries and fill loaf pan. Batter will be thick.
  4. Bake for 50-80 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean from the center of the bread. Let cool and then remove from pan.
  5. Optional Glaze: Whisk eggnog and powdered sugar together and pour over bread! You can use a tooth pick to poke the bread and pour the glaze over the hot bread to let it soak into the cake.
Recipe from Your Cup of Cake.


  1. This sounds so good..I am thinking of adding a bit of orange zest. I would like to know how long to bake and the temp., if making in the small foil baby bread tins.?

    1. Apologies for missing your comment. I don't know offhand as I don't make baked goods in those types of pans. I would try looking up a similar recipe online and using it as a guide for temperature and time. Check your loaves as they bake.

  2. This looks amazing! Putting it on the baking list for this month.

  3. Looks super delicious! I have cranberries in my freezer and can’t wait to try this bread.


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