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Cranberry Orange bread on a cutting board with one slice cut off
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Cranberry Orange Bread

This Cranberry Orange Bread is deliciously rich, moist, and golden. It features the Christmasy flavor combo of sweet oranges and cranberries.
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  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of two naval oranges
  • 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh whole cranberries or frozen whole cranberries, thawed
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon course sanding sugar for top of bread


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine zest of two oranges and the granulated sugar. Use your
  • fingers or the back of the spoon to really mash the zest into the sugar and incorporate the fragrance from the zest into the sugar.
  • Beat in orange juice, oil, milk, sour cream, eggs, and orange extract until thoroughly mixed.
  • Sift together dry ingredients: flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • Prepare the cranberries by rinsing and thoroughly drying them. If using frozen cranberries,
  • thaw completely, drain, and pat them dry.
  • Add the cranberries to the flour mixture and toss to coat the cranberries completely in flour.
  • This helps them to stay suspended in the bread batter and not sink to the bottom of the loaf
  • for nice even distribution.
  • Gently fold flour/cranberry mixture into the wet ingredients. Stir just until wet and dry
  • ingredients are mostly stirred. It is fine to have some streaks of flour left in the mixture.
  • Pour batter into a greased or parchment lined 9x5 loaf pan.
  • Sprinkle sanding sugar over the top of the loaf if desired.
  • Bake for 60-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out
  • clean. Remove from oven and cool.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 376kcal (19%)Carbohydrates: 54g (18%)Protein: 5g (10%)Fat: 16g (25%)Saturated Fat: 12g (60%)Cholesterol: 45mg (15%)Sodium: 175mg (7%)Potassium: 191mg (5%)Fiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 27g (30%)Vitamin A: 134IU (3%)Vitamin C: 6mg (7%)Calcium: 72mg (7%)Iron: 2mg (11%)