Holiday Orange and Cranberry Bread

Fresh Cranberry and Orange Zest Holiday Loaf |

Holiday Orange and Cranberry Bread is a delicious and buttery bread filled with the flavors and scents of the season. A wonderful and easy to make bread for gatherings or even to gift.

The bread is made with fresh cranberries that when sliced, sparkle like jewels.

And the fragrance? Oh my — when this bread is baking in the oven, it transforms your space into holiday central.

Ingredients for this Holiday Orange and Cranberry Bread

Pantry Ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda

Refrigerated Ingredients: 2 eggs, butter, freshly squeezed orange juice, and grated orange zest

Additional Ingredients: fresh cranberries and optionally you can add 1/2 cup of your favorite chopped nuts.

Fresh Cranberry and Orange Zest Holiday Loaf

Fresh Cranberry and Orange Zest Holiday Loaf

Yield: 24 slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Cranberry Bread is a delicious, buttery, seasonal bread filled fresh cranberries, orange zest and juice. Perfect for gatherings or to gift.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
  • 6 oz chopped nuts, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda; stir in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Then stir in the orange peel, orange juice, and eggs, just until the batter comes together. Be careful not to overmix. Fold in the fresh cranberries and nuts if using.
  3. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan. Bake until a wooden toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean; about 55 minutes to 1 hour. Cool in the pan 5 minutes before loosening the sides of the loaf from the pan. Transfer the loaf to a rack to cool completely before slicing.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 174mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g
Fresh Cranberry and Orange Zest Holiday Loaf |

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