Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 8 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 55 minutes

Cranberry Orange Bread is the perfect breakfast pastry for the holidays! Add it to your menu for the holidays for a festive spread your guests will love!

This easy recipe is an addition to the growing array of dishes with the same flavor combination. We have already used it in fluffy muffins, bejeweled rolls, and even in turkey!

Best Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe

Cranberry Orange Bread has all the colors reminiscent of the holidays. Fall is just around the corner and this recipe fits your holiday menu just right!

The tartness of the cranberry perfectly matches the sour-sweet orange. No wonder why so many recipes were developed using this combo.

And the addition of the berries alone accounts for the overall moistness. Add to that the glaze that gives a nice touch to the finished product.

All you have to do is follow the simple instructions and you can make this in about one hour. Also, you can make this ahead of your party and you will have more time hands-on the actual day of your event.

What does Cranberry Orange Bread taste like?

The balance between the two fruits makes it not too sweet – just right! It is moist and not so dense, but satisfying.

It is quite addicting! You get to taste tart and sweet and a bit sour all at the same time. Not all bread can taste this refreshing!

How to make homemade Cranberry Orange Bread?

  1. Prepare the oven: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Make the batter: In a bowl, mix the wet ingredients and the granulated sugar. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir.
  3. Coat and mix: Toss the berries in cornstarch flour and then, add these to the batter.
  4. Bake: Transfer the batter into baking pans that are already sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake for about 55 minutes.
  5. Cool: Once done, transfer it to a wire rack to cool down. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze.
  6. Glaze: Mix thoroughly the glaze ingredients in a bowl then, coat the top of the bread with it. You may now serve it!

Can you bake with frozen cranberries?

Yes, you can. It is the best option if there are no fresh ones available, especially if the fruit is not in season. Hence, you enjoy this recipe all year-round.

Do you need to thaw frozen cranberries before baking?

No, you can skip it. Just give your frozen fruits a nice, quick rinse in water, and then, dry completely. You can put them in the colander.

What does buttermilk do in baking?

It lends a tangy taste to the bread which further balances flavors. Another function is to react with the alkaline in baking soda to remove any bitter taste and to also make the bread rise.

In most cases other than baking wherein you are not after the tang, you can replace it with regular milk.

How do you know when Cranberry Orange Bread is done?

You can insert a knife or toothpick in the middle and when you pull it out, it must be relatively clean. If raw batter sticks, then, it is still undercooked.

How to Store Cranberry Bread:

  • At room temperature: Keep it covered for 2 to 3 days at ambient temperature.
  • Freeze: Let it cool completely before wrapping tightly in plastic. You can keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, just thaw it.

Recipe Tips:

  • You can make your own buttermilk substitute.
  • In baking, always use eggs that are at room temperature so that they mix well.
  • You can also use parchment paper in the baking pans for easier transfer of the bread after it has been cooked.

Other delicious cranberry desserts:

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5 from 8 reviews

Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread is the perfect breakfast pastry for the holidays! Add it to your menu for the holidays for a festive spread your guests will love!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 10 slices
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 55 minutes Total time: 1 hr 10 mins


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Nutrition information

Calories: 427 Carbohydrates: 76 Protein: 3 Fat: 14 Saturated Fat: 2 Cholesterol: 20 Sodium: 85 Potassium: 205 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 53 Vitamin A: 134 Vitamin C: 23 Calcium: 95 Iron: 2
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I make a Cranberry Orange muffins recipe when oranges are in season here in Florida. Love the combo of flavors. Never thought about making bread.



I love Cranberry Orange, it will be the season soon. It is a great combination and never considered bread.


Alli Smith

I don't think I can wait until the holidays. Your cranberry orange bread looks amazing and now I'm craving a slice.



This looks and sounds delicious. However, the calories are a little high for me right now. I'll make sure to save this recipe for when I have some extra calories lying around or decide to take a cheat day, though.


Ice Cream n Sticky Fingers

Yum, this bread sounds amazing. I haven't tried to make homemade bread in a very long time. I'm going to have to give this recipe a try very soon.



This is perfect for the holidays because when I think cranberry I think fall is coming. Can't wait to try this out


Denay DeGuzman

This cranberry orange bread is perfect for the upcoming holiday season! I'd love to make a loaf for my family and extra loaves to share.


Ruth I

Who wouldn't want to have a bite from this? I think this is one all time favorite. Pair it with coffee and you're all good.


Jeni Hawkins

I think this has a nice taste and flavor. I can always see kids having this on their lunch boxes. So in love with it.


Gervin Khan

A new delicious bread recipe that I need to make for the whole gang and I am sure they are going to like it. Thanks for sharing this recipe!



I love buttermilk in baking. This is definitely going to made asap. It looks delicious.



Cranberry Orange Bread looks super yum and perfect for holidays. I'm craving for it right now just seeing your pictures. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!



Yum it looks really delicious. Am adding it to my recipes.



Can dry Cranberries be used


Yes, you can



Can I replace the buttermilk with orange juice?


No, sorry.


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