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Cranberry Orange Bread

Classic holiday flavors come together in this moist orange quick bread studded with tart cranberries.

One of my favorite flavor combinations for fall and winter has to be cranberry and orange. The sweet and tart flavors pair so well together in this moist, dense (but not too dense) bread.

I recommend baking this the day before you plan to serve it. The flavors develop really well given a little time.

Moist Orange Cranberry Bread

Servings: 10 slices
4.86 from 14 votes
Moist orange quick bread studded with tart cranberries.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins


  • 9″x5″ Loaf Pan
  • Cooling Rack


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 egg well beaten
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts optional


  • Preheat oven to 350ΒΊF. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
  • Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in orange juice, orange peel, shortening and egg. Mix until well blended. Stir in cranberries and walnuts (if using). Spread evenly in loaf pan.
  • Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely. Wrap and store overnight.


Recipe from Ocean Spray.


Calories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 359mgPotassium: 113mgFiber: 2gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 74IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate.

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    1. I would guess about 3 inches, I don't remember exactly though. I am at a high elevation so breads like this tend to sink a bit after baking, so your results may vary.

    1. You might have to let them thaw a bit to more easily be able to chop them. You can use a knife or briefly process them in a food processor.

  1. I made then in a brownie pan. The recipe will make 16 square muffins. 350 for 30 minutes. Also I change the sugar to 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 brown. I also had a 1/2 white chocolate chips

  2. Made this to the letter. Most agree it's overpowered by cranberry. I would either use less, or macerate the berries with sugar.

    1. I'm sorry to say that I am not sure. I don't bake with gluten free flour. If you try it please be sure to let me know how it works for you. πŸ™‚

  3. I loved the loaf so much that I made jumbo muffins and cooked 25 minutes (at sea level) 350 degrees. They turned out fabulous!

  4. This came out great. I didn't have quite enough orange juice from the oranges, so I made up the difference with a bit of cranberry juice and added a small container of plain yogurt as well as a small handful of chopped macadamia nuts. The sweetness was perfect for my crowd and the orange flavor was just right. Used frozen cranberries instead of dried cranberries, but might try with a mix with dried cranberries or other similar berries.

  5. Despite my poor baking skills, the bread came out perfect. Loved it!….quick question. How do I make the bread come out moister? And maybe a little more dense?

    1. Hi there,
      I do not bake with gluten free flour, nor am I knowledgeable about if it works well in breads such as these. This would be something you would need to search on your own, as I tried searching but didn't get a clear answer. Good luck

  6. We have a bed and breakfast on our yacht. I did half brown sugar half white, 1/2 c white chocolate chips, 1/2 c dried cranberries and made 6 jumbo muffins. Awesome! Our guests will go crazy over these!

  7. What is shortening, I have asked baking shops but they dobt have it. Where can i get them here pls. I really want to try this cake, looks very yummy

  8. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! First time ever baking with fresh cranberries & turned out amazing. I did add an orange glaze to the top & added even more to the flavor.

  9. I made this recipe but I use 4 personal size pan and it turned out really beautiful oh I also used fresh cranberry no nuts
    Definitely will make again