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Amazing Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe

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This Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe is one of my favorite quick bread recipes. It’s loaded with dried cranberries and orange zest and cooks perfectly every time. If you like the texture and consistency of banana bread, you’re going to love making this bread recipe in your loaf pan!

If you’re looking for more recipes with oranges, check these out! You just can’t get enough orange juice and orange glaze recipes and you shouldn’t have to choose!

I love the hint of orange that you’ll get with this recipe. It’s a very easy way to get a wonderful flavor with minimal time and effort.

Slicing a piece of warm bread and topping it with butter and honey is just about the best thing, ever!

Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe

Once you combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, you’re pretty much almost done with the recipe. Preheat the oven and get ready to have the smells wafting through the house!

Homemade bread is always gobbled up pretty quickly in our house and this recipe is no exception. The added glaze that is drizzled on top at the end really does make it quite the special treat. I like to have a slice with my coffee in the morning as it’s the perfect balance.

Can you use frozen cranberries in this recipe?

I think that dried cranberries are best because the frozen cranberries are going to release extra liquid that will end up making the bread soggy. The same goes with using fresh cranberries as well.

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How do you know when bread is done baking in the oven?

The easiest way to know if the bread is baked completely is to have a toothpick inserted in the center. If the toothpick in the center comes out clean, you can remove it to cool completely on a wire rack.

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Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe

Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe

Yield: 2 loaves
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Cooling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours

Find out how simple it can be to make cranberry orange-flavored bread right at home!



  • 2¾ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of brown sugar 
  • ⅔ cup of granulated sugar
  • 2½ tsp of baking powder
  • ¼ tsp of baking soda
  • ¼ tsp of cinnamon
  • 2 room temperature eggs
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 8 T of melted butter
  • ¾ tsp of orange extract
  • 1½ T of orange zest
  • 1½ cup of chopped up dried cranberries 
  • 1 cup of chopped orange segments 


  • 4 ounces of softened cream cheese 
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 2 T half and half or milk
  • ¼ tsp of orange extract


To Make the Bread

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease your loaf pans.
  3. Combine the flour, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  4. Whisk in the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, orange extract, and orange zest. Don't overmix.

    Fold in the cranberries and orange segments.
  5. Pour into the loaf pans and bake in the middle rack for about 50 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then put on a wire rack.

To Make the Icing

  1. Mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, half and half, and orange extract with a mixer. You can thin it out by adding a bit more half and half.
  2. Drizzle over the top of the loaf after it has cooled
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 143mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 3g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 10/17/2021

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