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Cranberry Fruit Bread

My family looks forward to this flavorful combination of cranberry bread and fruitcake for the holidays. Baked in smaller pans, the pretty loaves make a nice gifts. The bread also freezes well. I got this recipe from a woman at church before my husband retired as minister. —Ellen Puotinen, Tower, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    3 loaves


  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries, halved
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 cup chopped mixed candied fruit
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the cranberries, pecans, fruit, dates, raisins and zest. Add 1/4 cup flour and toss to coat; set aside. Combine the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and remaining flour; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add the orange juice, water and oil. Stir in flour mixture just until combined. Fold in cranberry mixture. Spoon into three greased and waxed paper-lined 8x4-in. loaf pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Discard waxed paper and cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 137 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 64mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • wendy
    Dec 27, 2020

    This bread is great. I thought the ratio of fruit to batter was way too large, but went with it anyway. I was wrong. It's perfect. I used chopped walnuts instead of the pecans, only because I always have walnuts at the house. Oh, and no wax weird. Will save this recipe and use many times, especially during the holidays. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • cookbook48
    Dec 14, 2019

    This is delicious bread. used figs instead of dates, did not use candied fruit. Next time will chop pecan because was hard to slice. I just spray the pans and did not use wax paper. Also made the 3 x 5 inch loaves and baked at 350 for 30 minutes

  • dozer77
    Dec 20, 2012

    This is wonderful..everyone liked it so much I had to go buy more ingredients to make more loaves. The loaves are great for gift giving.

  • 2124arizona
    Mar 20, 2012

    This bread is soooo good! It makes wonderful gifts. Be sure the recipe is handy because you'll be asked for it.