Orange Cranberry Bread Recipe

Kate Donahue | Food Babbles

Orange Cranberry Bread brings the bright flavors of orange and cranberry. Enjoy in the morning or afternoon.

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Growing up, each Sunday our large family would gather together at my grandparents house for dinner at the incredibly long table that could barely contain us all. For hours before, my grandparents would prepare the Sunday supper together. My grandfather was quite the cook and baker. I can remember watching him as he prepared everything from scratch. He especially enjoyed making freshly baked bread. Yes, those genes run deep.

My love of baking bread was something that didn’t come as naturally as it seemed for my grandfather, but my defeats of the yeasted kind only fueled my passion to conquer the feat of making bread with my own two hands. Over time I felt my frustration towards making bread turn to a feeling of enjoyment, relaxation and joy.

My grandfather most often prepared a boule of some sort for dinner. Other times as we spent time at my grandparents house, my grandfather would surprise us with a thick slice of his famous banana nut bread. As a child, I was never a fan of nuts of any kind but if they were nestled inside a loaf of that banana bread I was all over them.

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When I don’t have hours to wait for loaves of bread to proof, I always look to my old pal the quick bread. Savory versions like this buttermilk bread recipe filled with cheese and fresh herbs are perfect for dinner or beside a warm bowl of soup. This orange cranberry bread is sweeter and more suited for breakfast or with an afternoon cup of coffee.

The batter is filled with the vibrant scents of orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of cloves. Dried cranberries add a sweet tartness to the spiced batter, while buttery pecans add a pleasant crunch. Once baked to a golden brown, this moist loaf of bread wafts it’s warm scents through your home, making you feel instantly cozy. The smell of freshly baked bread always brings me back to those memories of my grandfather baking bread for our Sunday dinner. I hope it can bring some of that homey feeling to you too!

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Orange Cranberry Bread Recipe

    12 Servings


  • 8 tablespoons Butter, Room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Orange Zest, Finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Eggs, Room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Pecans, Coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 loaf pan with nonstick baking spray containing flour. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together butter, both sugars, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Add 1/2 the flour, beat just until almost combine. Add half the buttermilk and beat again. Add remaining flour, gently mix again then add remaining buttermilk.
  4. Fold in cranberries and pecans. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 55-65 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.


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Author: Kate Donahue
Recipe Yields: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 97
Calories 271

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 110mg
Total Carbohydrate 36g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 20g
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Kate Donahue

About Kate

Kate babbles about all things food on her own blog, Food Babbles, and about feeding her girls the best way. Here on Food Fanatic, she wows us with her commitment to homemade, fresh baking, week after week.

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