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  1. Watch how to make this cranberry nut orange bread:
  2. Cranberry Nut Orange Bread Recipe

This bread is the perfect way to welcome guests to a Christmas breakfast/brunch or to give away as gifts. With fresh orange and tart cranberry flavors, you’ll be making this time and again. The instant you smell this bread baking you will make it a tradition. Every time cranberries are stocked in my local grocery store, I start to dream about this bread. And after making this once, I think you will too!

Watch how to make this cranberry nut orange bread:

Cranberry Nut Orange Bread

2.75 from 4 votes


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups chopped cranberries
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 tbsp orange zest


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease and flour the pans well if using traditional baking pans. I use paper pans to give away the bread as gifts!
  • Mix flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Cut in butter, add orange juice, egg, and zest and mix, just to incorporate.
  • Fold in nuts and cranberries. To chop the cranberries, I use a food processor. You can also chop by hand.
  • Spoon into pans and bake. If using 3-4 smaller pans, bake for 30-40 minutes. If using one large pan, bake for 45-60 minutes.


Serving: 1serving
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Baking

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  1. 5 stars
    Do NOT give this bread as a gift. You will regret it. Once you try it, you will know how amazing it is and you won’t want to share it. I just made this and WOW so good! Just the right amount of sweet and orange is just a bright note, but cranberry is the real star! The crunchy crust is the best part. I didn’t have any walnuts, but did have pecans and this is their season too and they were fab! Thanks for this recipe!

  2. 4 stars
    Finally made this bread and I have to say it was absolutely fabulous. A nice balance between sugar and tart was perfect. I made four small loaves my boy boyfriend I never stopped eating it all weekend. Delicious 😋