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Cranberry Bread

November 12, 2020

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This moist cranberry bread is bursting with fresh cranberries and orange zest and is topped with an orange glaze. A full package (12 ounces) of cranberries is in just one loaf!

Slices of cranberry bread overlapping each other on a white tray.

Every Sunday my family gets together for a virtual meeting. We connect via a video conference and are able to catch up. We started last April and have met every week since then.

My parents are always there and usually most of my brothers and sisters (there are six of us), and several times spouses and my nieces and nephews join in too. It’s not the same as meeting in person, but it is still a great way to connect.

During our last meeting my family asked what my next recipe was going to be. When I shared it was going to be cranberry bread, I got several oohs and aahs, but my dad said, “Don’t you already have cranberry bread?”

I do have several cranberry bread recipes, including cranberry muffins, cranberry twist bread, cranberry apple bread, but I didn’t actually have a cranberry quick bread like this one! Each bread is unique and just as tasty as the next.

A loaf of bread with cranberries and topped with a glaze drizzled over the top.

I can’t help myself with all these cranberry recipes. It seems like once cranberries are available in the store, I pick up a bag or two – or even three every time I shop. All those cranberries have to be made into something!

A loaf of bread filled with cranberries cut in half on a wooden cutting board.

Steps to make

A complete list of instructions is available below! Just scroll to the bottom!

  • Combine dry ingredients and sugar together in a bowl
  • In a separate bowl, combine oil, egg, milk, orange juice and orange peel
  • Mix wet mixture into flour mixture. Stir just until combined
  • Gently fold in cranberries
  • Place batter in a greased loaf pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour

Tips for making quick breads

  • When mixing wet and dry ingredients together, don’t overmix. Just stir until combined.
  • Be certain your oven is fully preheated
  • Remove bread after cooling for 10 minutes in pan
  • Allow bread to fully cool before slicing. This is the hardest part! It’s very tempting to slice into a loaf while still warm. It will taste delicious, but will often be very crumbly.
  • Use a knife around the edge of the pan to release any bread stuck to the sides of the pan.
  • Fully cool bread on a baking rack

More delicious quick breads to try

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

Be certain to check out all my homemade bread recipes!

Slices of cranberry bread overlapping each other on a white tray.

Cranberry Bread

A quick bread bursting with fresh cranberries and topped with an orange glaze.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 10 slices
Calories 274 kcal



  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup orange juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 12 ounces cranberries (3 cups)


  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl
  • In a separate bowl, combine milk, oil, eggs, orange juice and orange zest together
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined
  • Fold in cranberries
  • Place batter in a greased loaf pan
  • Bake in preheated oven for 65-70 minutes until the center comes out clean with a toothpick test
  • Allow bread to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Carefully remove from pan and continue cooling on a baking rack until fully cooled.


  • Combine powdered sugar and orange juice. Stir until smooth. Add a bit more juice if needed to make a runny consistency.
  • Drizzle glaze over the top of the bread. Let glaze dry for about 30 minutes before slicing.


  • Test bread for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the bread and then removing. If there are a few dry crumbs, the bread is finished baking. If the are wet crumbs, return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes.


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 274kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 5gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 133mgPotassium: 180mgFiber: 2gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 2mg
Keyword cranberry bread, cranberry orange bread, fresh cranberry bread
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  • Reply
    November 18, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    5 stars
    Such a beautiful bread. I LOVE the generous amount of cranberries, Kathy. One in every bite. Looks like it’s studded with red jewels. 🙂 ~Valentina

    • Reply
      November 21, 2020 at 12:05 pm

      I truly love cranberries so this is a bread made for me! 🙂

  • Reply
    Daryl Byers
    November 17, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Question…what size loaf pan? 8 inch or 9 inches?

    • Reply
      November 17, 2020 at 7:31 pm

      Hi Daryl,
      I used a 9 inch bread pan.
      Kathy 🙂

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    November 13, 2020 at 4:26 am

    5 stars
    You know, putting spins on old favorites is one of the best things to do! For some reason, I’ve really been on the cranberry kick this year, too. I’m impressed that this bread includes an entire bag of cranberries! I’m thinking a slice of this along with a hot cup of coffee would be the perfect way to start the morning during the holidays. 🙂

    • Reply
      November 13, 2020 at 4:40 am

      To be honest, I wasn’t certain the first time I baked this if the bread would even hold together with all that fruit, but it did! And all those cranberries are so delicious.

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    November 12, 2020 at 11:50 am

    5 stars
    I love anything cranberry this time of year Kathy. I’ve been waiting for fresh cranberries to hit our local market. Can’t wait!

    • Reply
      November 13, 2020 at 4:40 am

      Me too! Keep looking for those cranberries – they should be there!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    November 12, 2020 at 5:35 am

    5 stars
    This cranberry bread not only sounds delicious, it’s beautiful too! Love the pops of colour from the cranberries. So festive, bet it would be awesome for the holidays!

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