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Cranberry Walnut Bread

This family favorite comes from a collection of Amish recipes. I gave the recipe to several friends, and everyone loves it. Loaded with cranberries, nuts and cinnamon flavor, it's perfect for fall and winter.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 3 hours
  • Makes
    1 loaf (1-1/2 pounds, 16 slices)


  • 1 cup water (70° to 80°)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  • In bread machine pan, place the first seven ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select basic bread setting. Choose crust color and loaf size if available. Bake according to bread machine directions (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed).
  • Just before the final kneading (your machine may audibly signal this), add walnuts and cranberries.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 134 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 234mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • dcscake_OH
    Dec 28, 2020

    I made this as the recipes asked. I had no problems with it. It turned out great.

  • Mary-Lynn
    Apr 21, 2020

    I followed the recipe with no changes. The walnuts clumped together and there is no sign of the cranberries. Any reason why this would happen?

  • Dccroteau
    Apr 9, 2020

    Very good. Moist and very easy. Wasn’t sure if I was to use bread maker yeast or regular yeast...I used bread maker yeast and it worked well.

  • Suzricmit
    Nov 16, 2017

    I made this bread last weekend for 10 breakfast guests and they all loved it. Two guests asked for the recipe. I have made this bread for Thanksgiving morning toast and the bread goes wonderfully for turkey sandwiches. I'm about to make it again for my hosts this weekend. I have always had nice results with any recipe I've used from Taste of Home!!!!

  • jchase
    Oct 20, 2014

    Fantastic bread. I needed to add extra liquid as well. Hubby loves it! I sub pecans for walnuts. Makes great toast.

  • Stanscook
    Dec 15, 2011

    The first time I made this was in my bread machine. Had to add extra liquid as dough was way too stiff. Turned out delicious. I also add a tablespoon of orange zest. I now double the recipe and make in my kitchen aid mixer and proceed as with any bread dough. One loaf just isn't enough. My husband loves it.

  • noiz
    Mar 27, 2009

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