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Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread, made with fresh cranberries, orange zest, and freshly squeezed orange juice, is a deliciously festive homemade quick bread recipe!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Time for cranberries to macerate in sugar1 hour
Total Time2 hours 20 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings


  • 8 ounces fresh cranberries about 2 1/2 cups, cut in half
  • 1 large orange valencia or naval
  • 4 tablespoons sugar Sugar in the Raw recommended, used to toss with cranberries
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar Sugar in the Raw recommended
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup water amount may vary, will be combined with juice from orange to total 1 cup
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • Slice cranberries in half and place in medium sized bowl. Zest entire orange and combine with cranberries. Add 4 Tablespoons Sugar in the Raw and toss to combine. Allow mixture to sit for at least one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper or grease with butter or non-stick spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • Juice orange into a measuring cup and then add enough water to equal one full cup (I had 1/2 cup orange juice and 1/2 cup water).
  • In a separate bowl, combine juice/water mixture with egg, melted butter, and vanilla. Add this mixture to the flour mixture and stir, just until combined.
  • Fold in cranberry mixture, reserving about 1/4 cup for the top of the loaf. Once combined, pour into prepared pan. Top with remaining cranberries, sugar and zest.
  • Place loaf pan in center of preheated oven and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Then, rotate pan and reduce temperature to 350 degrees F. Bake an additional 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool loaf out of loaf pan on cooling rack until cool enough to handle.


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 229IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg