Cranberry Orange Nut Bread

When I start cooking with oranges, that signals the holidays to me. Cranberry orange nut bread combines sweet, savory, and tangy, and rounds out the bread basket! 

This is my favorite cranberry bread recipe. It is bursting with cranberries and the flavor combined with the orange is a celebration of the holidays. It is also really easy to make!

The evolution of recipe

My friend Nance brought me a loaf of this delectable bread many years ago and I loved it, so she gave me this recipe and I’ve made it ever since. Her recipe did not include the vanilla, so I added it, and as time went on, the orange zest and orange extract as well. These add tons of flavor to the loaf, so that is how this recipe has evolved. 

Different nuts

This is delicious with walnuts, but you can substitute any nut of choice, or omit them altogether. I made this once with lime instead of orange and it was good, but took forever to squeeze enough lime juice! You can never count on a lime to be nice and juicy unless you have a tree in your backyard.

Glaze with a little orange liquor and confectioners sugar, below, or enjoy as is with a bit of butter! This recipe also doubles nicely.

Cranberry Orange Nut Bread with Orange Glaze

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar, scant
  • 1 ¾ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Zest of one orange
  • 2 cups cranberries, chopped roughly
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans
  • 1 well beaten egg
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup water, or more juice
  • ¼ cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. orange extract

Butter a loaf pan, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix with a whisk to combine, then add the zest, cranberries, and nuts and combine.

In a two-cup measuring cup, whisk together the egg, orange juice, water, butter, and extracts.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid. Mix just to combine, overmixing will toughen the loaf.

Put into prepared pan and bake on the middle rack of the preheated oven for one hour. At 45 minutes, turn the pan for even browning.

Let cool, glaze, and enjoy!

Orange Glaze

Combine 1/2 cup of confectioner’s sugar with a tablespoon of orange liquor or orange juice. Whisk well, and add a few more drops of liquor to get the consistency you want.

Of course, the glaze is optional! It’s delicious without it, too!

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59 Comments Add yours

  1. Looks yummy. I just made cranberry and satsuma bread.

    1. Yum! I’m sure it has a similar flavor profile. Such a good combination.

    1. Thank you! As you can see, we couldn’t wait for tomorrow and already dove into it. The pie is safe!

  2. Cranberry orange nut bread is one of my absolute favorites, and I will have to try the glaze. Perfect for the holidays.

    1. It makes it look festive. I made this for tomorrow, but we couldn’t resist having a piece since it will be just the two of us anyway!

  3. I’m definitely making this one!!

    1. It’s easy and delicious!

  4. What I wouldn’t give for a slice of this right now. 🍃🍒

    1. I’ll save you a slice!

      1. I look forward to it with my morning cuppa joe. ☕️🍃🍒

  5. CarolCooks2 says:

    It looks and sounds so delicious..we have the lime tree which good as lemons are not easy to find here…Happy Thanksgiving 🙂 x

    1. Thank you! How wonderful that you have your own lime tree! I think I’d get carried away and make everything lime!!!

      1. CarolCooks2 says:

        Limes go into everything here, Dorothy…any recipe which states orange or lemons I use limes…my cooking staple ;)x

  6. This looks terrific, Dorothy. I will try this. My family love loaf cakes. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    1. I hope you enjoy this as much as we do! Have a lovely Thanksgiving! ❤️

  7. It begins to smell a lot like Christmas 🎄😍☺️😋
    It looks wonderful! What a great combination of flavors 😋

    1. Thank you! It is a perfect treat for Christmas breakfast/brunch! ‘‘Tis the season!

  8. Ally Bean says:

    I have a similar recipe for muffins. While it doesn’t call for it, I need to remember to add a dab of orange extract like you do in your bread. That’s a great idea. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. That little bit of extract really enhances the flavor without being over powering. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

  9. jama says:

    This looks so good. Love baking with cranberries and oranges. Thanks for the recipe. Happy Thanksgiving!!

    1. Thank you! And Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  10. This looks so tasty

    1. Thank you! It is one of our favorites, and I make it every year.

  11. chef mimi says:

    I chop my cranberries with my food processor. They’re not pretty, but it works and saves time! Love this bread, and I can just taste it! Fall is here when I begin stocking up on hazelnuts, dried figs, cranberries…..

    1. I have done it in the food processor as well and I can’t seem to do it quick enough to not end up with pulp! I’m stocking up on the same things, holiday baking time is underway!

    1. Thank you, it disappeared quickly!

  12. A win with me you’ve brought together a delicious desert from my favorite ingredients. I hope you had an enjoyable feast dearest Dorothy with the best friends and family! Cheers!🌺🎼☕️☕️

    1. It’s so tasty! Everyone here loves it.

  13. Christy B says:

    Ohhhh yummy!!!

    1. Thank you, one of our favorites! So delicious.

  14. I know you have a full house with a pleasant mouthful. Thank you for sharing your healthy recipe. This one is a must bake for me! You make the best! Cheers!

    1. Thank you, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

  15. Ive copied the recipe. will definitely try it in the next few days..

    1. Thank you! I’m sure you’ll love it as much as we do!

  16. Carolyn Page says:

    Why is it that every time I visit your blog, Dorothy, I sit here salivating? Must have something to do with your fantastic recipes! I feel like writing – ‘DOH’ so I did… 🙂
    The flavour combination of this one. plus the appealing look of this bread has me wanting some for brekky! Now I’m definitely hungry…
    xoxoxo

    1. Thank you Carolyn! That is a kind thing to say. I do try to make my photographs attractive to show off the food!

  17. My husband would love this delicious bread.

    1. Gets all thumbs up from our family!

  18. Antonia Andreoli says:

    Hi Dot No orange extract but what do you think of the Fior di Sicilia from King A? Plan to try this!

    On Wed, Nov 25, 2020 at 1:42 PM The New Vintage Kitchen wrote:

    > Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen posted: ” When I start cooking with oranges, > that signals the holidays to me. Cranberry orange nut bread combines sweet, > savory, and tangy, and rounds out the bread basket! This is my favorite > cranberry bread recipe. It is bursting with cranberries and th” >

  19. suzannesmom says:

    I think I have all the ingredients on hand. I should try it on this rainy day. It would cheer me up!

    1. It’s (very cold) raining here too! Enjoy, with a steaming cup of hot tea!

  20. This is a lovely loaf. I can have it anytime of the day 😊

    1. Yes you can! We had it for breakfast, and it’s a really nice side to any meal.

  21. XingfuMama says:

    I am definitely going to give this one a try. Looking at it makes my mouth water.

    1. Thank you! It’s been one of our favorites for many years.

  22. It looks so colourful.

    1. Thank you! It is as pleasing to the eye as to the tummy!

  23. Looks delish! Love those holiday flavors!

    1. Thank you! Yes, once you start playing with cranberry and orange, you know it’s the holidays!

  24. Sally says:

    I absolutely love cranberries in baking and also combines with orange flavours. Have bookmarked this as will make it – definitely!

    1. I think you’ll enjoy it! It is one of those few recipes that I don’t feel compelled to fiddle with any more!

  25. suzannesmom says:

    I made this. It made me so happy!

    1. I’m so glad! It’s a keeper recipe and it always come out wonderful, with the best fragrance!

  26. This also seems like a wonderful holiday treat!

    1. As soon as I start making this, the orange says holidays to me! I’ll be making some more to give away this week (drive-by Christmas present drop-offs!).

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