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abundant cranberry bread

(5 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Catherine Erwin
Clovis, CA

I found a recipe years ago that looked like just the right one for cranberry bread, but it needed a few adjustments. After years of making this bread, I think I have it just right. Everybody always asks for another slice!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Packed with fresh cranberries and dried fruit, this abundant cranberry bread lives up to its name. It has a similar texture to fruit cake but is full of cranberry orange flavor. Serve warm with a slather of butter during the holiday season for a delicious treat. Or, package a loaf and share it with a friend. This cranberry bread would make a lovely homemade gift.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(5 ratings)
yield 10 -12
prep time 15 Min
cook time 1 Hr 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For abundant cranberry bread

  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/4 c
    butter, unsalted
  • 1 lg
    egg, beaten
  • 3/4 c
    orange juice
  • 1 tsp
    orange peel, optional
  • 1 1/2 c
    fresh cranberries, chopped
  • 1 1/2 c
    raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, or golden raisins

How To Make abundant cranberry bread

Test Kitchen Tips
If you're only baking one of the loaves, bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • Greasing 2 loaf pans.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease (2) 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pans.
  • Flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a bowl.
    Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  • Cut in butter.
    Cut in butter until crumbly.
  • Add egg, orange peel, and juice.
    Add beaten egg, orange peel, and juice. Stir until the mixture is evenly moist.
  • Folding in cranberries.
    Fold in fresh cranberries and your choice of raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, or golden raisins.
  • Batter poured into loaf pans.
    Spoon into 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pans. It's best to divide between 2 pans because the bread rises and will spill over the edges.
  • Loaf pans in the oven to bake.
    Place in the preheated 350 degree oven.
  • Cranberry bread after it has baked.
    Bake for 45 minutes or until the bread begins to pull away from the sides of the pan and a cake tester inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
  • Cooling the cranberry bread.