5 from 5 votes
Sliced Cranberry Twisted Bread served on a platter.
Cranberry Twisted Bread
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Rise Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Filled and twisted cranberry bread.

Course: Baking, Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry bread, Holiday Bread
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 339 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1 cup whole milk warmed
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon yeast
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 Tablespoon orange juice fresh squeezed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add milk, yeast and sugar. Stir until mixed. Let sit for 5 minutes until mixture is bubbly. 

  2. Mix in orange peel, eggs, butter and salt.

  3. Add flour 1 cup at a time. Add up to an extra half cup of four if needed.

  4. Knead  dough for 10 minutes on low speed.  

  5. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled.

  1. Add cranberries, orange zest, orange juice and sugar to food processor. Pulse until mixture is coarsely chopped.  

Assembly of Bread
  1. Punch down dough and divide into two equal pieces.  Working with one piece at a time, roll out dough to a 10" x 14" rectangle. 

  2. Spread half cranberry mixture over rectangle. Roll up jelly roll style from long edge. Pinch seam together. Repeat with second piece of dough.

  3. Place dough on a baking sheet on a piece of parchment paper. Pinch one edge of rolls together. Gently twist one roll over the other. Repeat until the two ends come together. Pinch ends together.

  4. Cover bread with a clean cloth and let rise for 30 minutes. 

  5. Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.

  6. Remove from baking sheet and place on a cooling rack.  Allow bread to fully cool before slicing. 

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Twisted Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 339 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 288mg13%
Potassium 133mg4%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 340IU7%
Vitamin C 4.3mg5%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.