Cranberry Nut Bread

Try this cranberry nut bread recipe which produces a rich, dense bread with tart bites of cranberries. Perfect served with tea or coffee and lovely wrapped as a gift!

If you love this nut bread recipe, you’ll also love my grandma’s delicious nut bread recipe.

slices of cranberry nut bread on cutting board

Every once in awhile my mom mentions a recipe that I don’t remember. But I decide to try it anyways. This one comes from a Betty Crocker cookbook from decades ago. The moment the nut bread was baking in the oven I recognized the amazing aroma of the bread and it brought me back to childhood. Give this unique bread a try.

ingredients needed for nut bread

Cranberry Nut Bread Ingredients

There are just a few essential ingredients to make this tart but sweet recipe.

  • All-Purpose Flour – For this recipe, you will need good ‘ol all-purpose flour. Make sure to spoon into your measuring cup and level to get an accurate amount.
  • Sugar – Nothing says sweet than sugar! White granulated is our chosen sweetener to balance the tartness of the cranberries.
  • Baking Powder & Baking Soda – This recipe calls for both to make sure to add the right amount of each!
  • Butter – You will use softened butter to create a crumble before adding your wet ingredients.
  • Orange Zest and Orange Juice – Both give a citrus flavor, which adds to the tartness of the cranberries.
  • Nuts – I prefer walnuts in this recipe, but you can use any nut.
  • Cranberries – The star of the show! Make sure to cut them into small pieces to get cranberry taste in every bite.
four photos showing mixing of batter and then baking nut bread

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How to Make Cranberry Nut Bread

This recipe does come together very easily. Its steps are a bit different than when you make cookies or other bread, but the results speak for themselves so follow closely!

Prep: Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Line only the bottom of a 9x5x3 bread pan.

  1. Mix: In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Stir in the softened butter until the mixture is crumbly.
  2. Stir: Stir in the orange zest, orange juice, and egg into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Add the cranberries and nuts and mix until combined.
  3. Bake: Spread the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes clean. During the baking process, if the top looks to be browning, cover with aluminum foil.
  4. Cool Cool for five minutes and then remove from the pan to cool completely on a cooling rack.
loaf of cranberry nut bread with slices beside it

Nut Bread FAQ

How do you store cranberry nut bread?

Once cooled, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

How do you freeze cranberry nut bread?

My favorite way to freeze it is to cut the nut bread into slices. Freeze individually in little plastic bags. Place in the toaster for 4-5 minutes to reheat, and enjoy.

How to gift cranberry nut bread?

Use small mini loaves or a large loaf. Adjust baking time based on pan size. Once cool, wrap in plastic wrap and place a ribbon on top. It can be frozen and made ahead.

slices of cranberry nut bread on cutting board
Created by: Lynette Rice

Cranberry Nut Bread


Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 slices
12 slices
Try this cranberry nut bread recipe which produces a rich, dense bread with tart bites of cranberries. Perfect served with tea or coffee and lovely wrapped as a gift!

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 Cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 Cup butter softened
  • 1 Tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 3/4 Cup orange juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Cup cranberries chopped
  • 1/2 Cup nuts chopped

Instructions

  • Prep: Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Line only the bottom of a 9x5x3 bread pan.
  • Mix: In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Stir in the softened butter until the mixture is crumbly
  • Stir: Stir in the orange peel, orange juice, and egg just until moistened. Add the cranberries and nuts and mix until combined.
  • Bake: Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes clean. Cool for five minutes and then remove from the pan to cool completely on a cooling rack.

Notes

Browning:  If the top seems to be getting dark during the baking process, cover with aluminum process while continuing to bake.
Storage of Leftovers:  Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Reheat: Toast individual slices for 3-5 minutes.
Freeze:  Freeze in individual slices placed in plastic bags.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 158IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg

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2 Comments

  1. You left egg off ingredient list

    1. Lynette Rice says:

      Whoops! Thanks for letting me know. I updated the recipe. 🙂