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Closeup of Cranberry Orange bread with a sugar glaze drizzle on a white lattice plate for a snack.
Cranberry Orange Bread:
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Cranberry Orange Bread:  Fresh cranberries, paired with orange citrus in what can be called a bread or cake. A tender crumb filled with goodness and drizzled with a simple sugar glaze.  A homemade treat that will be appreciated for all of the people you make food gifts at Christmas for!

Course: Dessert, potluck
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry orange bread, cranberry orange loaf, food gifts for christmas
Servings: 16 slices
Calories: 306 kcal
Author: Michele Hall
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest (zest from 1 very large orange or 2 medium oranges)
  • 3 extra large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk (whole fat)
  • 2 3/4 cups fresh cranberries (frozen ok too)
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Orange Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
Cranberry Orange Bread
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Prepare 2 loaf pans by using butter to grease the bottom and sides of the pans.  Then place  a small scoop of flour in the pan and tilt the pan to cover all greased areas with flour.  Dump remaining flour away.

  3. In a mixing bowl, cream butter sugar and orange zest together on high for 3-5 minutes.

  4. Then one at a time, add an egg to to the butter mixture.  Mix for one minute before adding the second egg, then again one more minute before adding the last egg.

  5. Add vanilla and mix for one minute more.

  6. In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined. 

  7. Turn the mixer onto low and and 1/3 of the flour mixture to butter/sugar mixture. Mix until combined Then add 1/3 of buttermilk and mix until combined.  Repeat this step two more times until all flour and buttermilk has been incorporated.

  8. Remove bowl from mixer.

  9. Add cranberries to dough and by hand using a spatula fold the cranberries in  gently to not break the cranberries.  Mix as little as possible to just get them even to avoid the batter turning pink from any juices.

  10. Pour batter into the loaf pans (each pan getting half of the batter.)

  11. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted to the center.

  12. Let loaves cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before removing from the loaf pan.  Then allow to completely cool for 30 minutes before pouring Orange glaze over the top.  

  13. Once you have glazed the bread/cake allow to cool completely then wrap each loaf in cellophane and tie up with ribbon for giving as gifts.

Orange Glaze
  1. In a small bowl add all ingredients and mix until well combined.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is adapted from Chef In Training ....