Cranberry Orange Bread

cranberry orange breadThis is my favorite bread to make and give during the Holidays.  Cranberries and oranges always remind me of the Holidays, and when I bake up this bread my house smells like Christmas.  Cranberries and oranges are the perfect combination.  The citrus from the orange compliments the tartness of the cranberries, making each bite the perfect balance of sweet and tart. This bread is moist, full of flavor and a total crowd pleaser.  I love having this bread with a cup of tea as an afternoon snack, or with a slab of butter and some coffee in the morning.
cranberry orange bread

cranberry orange bread:

recipe from Joy of baking
  • 1 cup cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest 
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 large egg, well beaten
  • 3/4 cup orange juice - you can use regular old orange juice or freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Optional – 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts – I did not use nuts as my kids are not big fans

ingredients for cranberry orange breadPre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 5 x 3inch loaf pan.  
Zest up your orange and rinse and coarsely chop up your cranberries.
coarsely chopped cranberries
In a small bowl, beat your egg.  Add in the 3/4 cup orange juice, 1 tablespoon orange zest and the 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and whisk to combine.
orange juice, egg, orange zest and vanilla_
In a large bowl, whisk together the 2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  Cut the 4 tablespoons of cold butter into small pieces, and blend it into the flour mixture using a pastry blender. 
 The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.
butter mixed into the flour
Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until combined. 
Then fold in the chopped cranberries (and nuts if you’re using them).  
cranberry orange bread batter
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
cranberry orange bread batter in the pan
Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.  
baked cranberry orange bread
Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Then remove the bread from the pan and let cool completely before slicing.   I was surprised at how easily my bread came out of the pan.
baked cranberry orange bread on cooling rack
Slice it up and slather on some butter or just enjoy it plain.  It’s the perfect compliment to a cup of joe or tea.  The tartness of the cranberries combined with the sweetness of the citrus is amazing and it just melts in your mouth.  
cranberry orange bread
Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 large egg, well beaten
  • 3/4 cup orange juice - you can use regular old orange juice or freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Optional - 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts - I did not use nuts as my kids are not big fans

Instructions

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 9 x 5 x 3inch loaf pan.

Zest up your orange and rinse and coarsely chop up your cranberries.

In a small bowl, beat your egg. Add in the 3/4 cup orange juice, 1 tablespoon orange zest and the 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and whisk to combine.

In a large bowl, whisk together the 2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Cut the 4 tablespoons of cold butter into small pieces, and blend it into the flour mixture using a pastry blender. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs.

Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until combined.

Then fold in the chopped cranberries (and nuts if you're using them).

Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.

Then remove the bread from the pan and let cool completely before slicing. I was surprised at how easily my bread came out of the pan.

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  • bakerfamily5 November 17, 2011, 4:58 am

    All I need is cranberries and I’m in business!! Will be whipping this up
    tomorrow!! Thanks!

    Reply
  • Jacquelyn November 17, 2011, 5:23 am

    I have an extra bag of cranberries if you want some! John and I loved it and finished it off today. I’m surprised it lasted that long.

    Reply
  • bakerfamily5 November 17, 2011, 10:55 pm

    Just cooled the bread…..its FAB!!!!!! This is a keeper for sure! Will make a great holiday gift all wrapped up:)

    Reply
  • Jacquelyn November 18, 2011, 1:01 am

    Great idea Amanda. I just bought some mini bread pans that I may use and do the same. Perfect little gift for the teachers :)

    Reply
  • Cutwood November 13, 2013, 11:35 pm

    Just found this recipe on your blog by using my way-back time machine (I mean your recipe index) and glad I did. I love this bread! With a little butter, it is the best way to start a crisp Fall morning. Thanks again for a simple and absolutely delicious recipe!

    Reply

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