Orange Cranberry Bread

Monday, November 18, 2013

Orange Cranberry Bread with Orange Glaze is sooooo good, you have to make it! 

I've had my share of one too many bland, dry loaves of Orange Cranberry Bread over the years and this my friends is not any of those. 

I used my sweet Grannies Banana Luncheon Loaf Recipe with a few adaptations like brown sugar, cinnamon, milk and orange juice instead of banana to produce a super moist and flavorful loaf of Orange Cranberry Bread with an Orange Glaze to push this loaf over the top.

It lasted less then 15 minutes once it was cut and the final picture was taken.

Sorry to repeat myself but this Orange Cranberry Bread recipe turned out was soooo good! You have to make it. I'm planning on making another loaf tomorrow, it's the perfect beginning or end to any day with a hot cup of coffee or tea and a wonderful balance of flavors.

Pile of Orange Zest to make Orange Cranberry Bread Recipe.

Zest 2 tablespoons of Orange Zest.

I used a vegetable peeler to remove just the rind and not the white pith. Then I chopped the zest a little larger then if I would have used the grater. 

I prefer ripe organic oranges since I'm using the zest to prevent any wax or pesticides from being added to our food.

Orange Cranberry Bread cream coconut oil with brown sugar and add eggs.

Cream until creamy:
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil or Butter or Shortening
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar 
Add 2 whole Large Eggs one at a time.

I used coconut oil for a healthier alternative to shortening but if coconut oil's not available feel free to use shortening or butter instead. 

Pour vanilla, milk, and fresh squeezed orange juice into Orange Cranberry Bread batter.

Stir in:
  • 2/3 cup Milk or Coconut Milk
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Add orange zest and mix until well incorporated. Scraping the sides of bowl as needed.

  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
 Mix on low just until mixed. Scrap sides of bowl.

I used half whole wheat pastry flour and half unbleached all-purpose flour, to make the loaf a little healthier.

Sliced cranberries and chopped nuts for Orange Cranberry Bread recipe.

  • 1 cup Sliced Cranberries
  • 1 cup Walnut (optional) 
Mix on low or fold in berries and nuts until well combined.

Pour Orange Cranberry Bread batter into grease bread pan.

Pour into a 9"x5"x3" greased loaf pan. Push batter to sides leaving center slightly hallowed.

To make streusel topping mix together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter for Orange Cranberry Bread.

For a Streusel Brown Sugar Cinnamon Crumb topping combine:
  •  1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 pinch Salt 
Mix on low until combined. Mix in 2 tablespoons Butter until pea sized balls form.

Sprinkle top of Orange Cranberry Bread batter with brown sugar crumb topping.

Sprinkle the top of loaf with brown sugar cinnamon crumb topping. 

Allow loaf to rest for a total of 20 minutes before baking for a well rounded loaf.

Bake Orange Cranberry Bread in a 350 degree F preheated oven for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Allow loaf to cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan to finish cooling.

Orange Glaze mix Orange Juice with Powdered Sugar to top Orange Cranberry Bread.

For the Orange Glaze combine:
  • 1/3 cup Sifted Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons Orange Juice
Mix until smooth and lump free.

Drizzle Orange glaze over Orange Cranberry Bread from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Drizzle Orange Cranberry Bread With Orange Glaze once cool. 

Orange Cranberry Bread recipe with brown sugar crumb is a favorite recipe for breakfast, brunch, or dessert from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Wouldn't this make the perfect start to Christmas morning or maybe even a great start or snack on Black Friday? Yes, please! 

Forget running to the presents I'll be running to the Orange Cranberry Bread With Orange Glaze.. Enjoy this recipe it's super duper addicting! 

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Author: Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Orange Cranberry Bread

Orange Cranberry Bread

Moist Orange Cranberry Bread recipe from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 1 H & 10 MTotal time: 1 H & 30 M


Orange Cranberry Bread
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil Or Butter or Shortening
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 whole Large Eggs
  • 2/3 cup Milk or Coconut Milk
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Orange Juice (Juice of about 2 large Oranges.)
  • 2 tablespoons Orange Zest
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Fresh Cranberries, Sliced In Half
  • 1 cup Chopped Walnut Or Pecans (Optional)
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Streusel
  • 1/4 cup All-Purpose Or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 pinch Sea Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Butter, Softened
Orange Glaze
  • 1/3 cup Sifted Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons Fresh Orange Juice


Orange Cranberry Bread
  1. Grease a 9"x5"x3" loaf pan.
  2. Cream coconut oil or butter or shortening and brown sugar until well creamed.
  3. Add eggs one at a time beating well between each addition.
  4. Stir in milk, orange juice, vanilla, and orange zest. Mix until well incorporated and scrape the sides of bowl.
  5. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix on low until combined. Scrap sides of bowl.
  6. Add cranberries and nuts if using and mix on low or fold in until well combined.
  7. Pour into greased loaf pan. Push batter into the corners of the loaf pan leaving the center slightly hallowed. For a well rounded loaf allow batter to rest 20 minutes before baking.
  8. While batter is resting preheat oven to 350 degrees F and make crumb topping.
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Streusel
  1. Combine flour, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar. Mix until well combined. Add butter and mix until combined and crumbly.
  2. Sprinkle crumb mixture over the top of loaf.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of loaf comes out clean.
  4. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan to finish cooling.
Orange Glaze
  1. Slowly pour orange juice into powdered sugar while stirring until desired drizzling consistency is reached. Drizzle over cooled loaf.

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  1. Not only does this look really moist but can we talk about how amazing it must smell?

  2. This looks amazing! I've never made a cranberry bread, but this might have to be my first!

  3. This is the best recipe. I make multiple batches every Christmas. Sometimes it's bread, and sometimes it's muffins. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  4. Hello, I have this in the oven right now, and I hope it comes out good. The milk, orange juice and orange zest listed in the ingredients for the bread itself do not appear in the directions, so I had to improvise! Please have a look at your recipe.

    1. So, just to inform you. It came out awful! It "fell" in the middle (after rising so nicely while baking) and the bottom of the entire loaf is a wet and dense, while the top is falling apart. So slicing it was a mess! And I'm no newbie at baking - over 40 years of experience! At least it tastes good, but it won't be my cranberry bread recipe in the future!

  5. Hi! I am so sorry to hear that! I've made this loaf for years without an issue. It sounds like you might have an issue with your oven. I ran into a similar issue over the years when my thermocoupler or thermostat was starting to go out on my oven. One time on Christmas when my rolls just wouldn't finish baking. Did the toothpick come out clean when tested? If it's not the oven I am sorry to hear it didn't work out for you. We recently moved so I'll rebake it soon in my ovens at the new house just to make sure it works and retest the recipe. -Serena


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