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cranberry bread

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Penny Selzer
McPherson, KS

I have tried many cranberry bread recipes over the years and this one is truly the best. I make several mini loaves and share them with friends.

(1 rating)
yield 1 9x5 loaf or 3 mini
prep time 15 Min
cook time 45 Min

Ingredients For cranberry bread

  • 1/4 c
    butter, room temperature
  • 1 c
  • 3/4 c
    fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp
    orange zest
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 1/2 c
    whole fresh cranberries
  • 2/3 c
    coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp

How To Make cranberry bread

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray with Pam one 9x5 inch loaf pan or 3 mini loaf pans. Set aside.
  • 2
    Cream butter, sugar and egg until smooth. Stir in orange juice, orange zest and vanilla.
  • 3
    In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add butter-egg mixture; stir just to blend. Add cranberries and walnuts and mix until well combined.
  • 4
    Transfer mixture to prepared pan. Bake the 9x5 loaf pan for 40-50 minutes and the mini-loaf pans for 20-30 minutes. Bread is done when nicely browned and a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on rack for 10 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely. Wrap and store overnight. Glaze if desired and garnish with a few dried cranberries and chopped walnuts.
  • 5
    To make glaze: Place powdered sugar in a small deep bowl or 2-cup glass measure. Stir in orange juice and milk; whisk until smooth. If needed, add additional milk, to make it of the right consistency for drizzling.