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Orange-Cranberry Nut Bread

—Marilyn Ellis, Canyon Lake, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 slices)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 large egg, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 8 ounces fresh cranberries, halved
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange zest


  • Preheat oven to 325°. Whisk together the first five ingredients. In another bowl, whisk orange juice, egg, water and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in cranberries, pecans and orange zest.
  • Bake in a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 55-60 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Editor's Note: Recipe doubles well.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 155 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 138mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • Kathy
    Dec 15, 2020

    Best cranberry bread ever, I would give this 10 stars! it's orangey, full of tart cranberries and sugar but it's not too sweet. I made four mini loaves to send to family and friends with Christmas cookies and they all loved it. I added an orange glaze witch kept it moist during mailing. (FYI, mini loaves take about 40 min in the oven).

  • Sherry
    Nov 23, 2016

    I make this every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each time I wonder why I don't make it throughout the year. So good!

  • MBilllman
    Dec 20, 2011

    This recipe also makes 1 dozen muffins. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

  • greener43n
    Dec 2, 2011

    If you like cranberry and citris, you will love it. I was given cranberry bread for my Thanksgiving dinner project. This sounded like the one my mom always made. I made it and was nervous because I am not a baker. It came out wonderful, the bread basket on Thanksgiving was empty, and everybody wanted it for breakfast the next day! It is easy, will make a great gift, and trust me your bread basket will be empty to!!