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Cranberry Bread Recipe

December 25th, 2009

cranberry-nut-bread.jpgOver the past 11 years, I have developed a holiday tradition of sorts by making occasional loaves of cranberry nut bread beginning in November and usually running through the period of Chinese New Year. The idea actually came from a recipe on the back of a package of Ocean Spray cranberries that I had purchased back in 1998. The final product ended up being surprisingly tasty and easy to make, so for most years I have cooked batches of one or two loaves whenever the cranberries are available in our area, which is usually during the winter months. This year I finally remembered to save the recipe from the back of the package, so I have reproduced it below for those of you who may be looking for it.

One package of cranberries makes two loaves if you stick to the amounts recommended in the recipe. With experience, I have found that the amount of orange juice is a little on the low side; as long as you use the recommended amount of flour, you may need to add a little more liquid in order to bring the dough to the right consistency so that you can produce a desirably moist loaf of bread after the cooking and cooling process is complete. I also typically reduce the amounts of sugar and oil slightly, which lowers the fat and calorie content without detracting from the taste.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 3/4 cup orange juice
  7. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  8. 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  9. 1 egg, well beaten
  10. 1 1/2 cups chopped cranberries
  11. 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in orange juice, oil, orange peel, and egg. Mix until well blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts. Spread evenly in loaf pan. Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely. Makes 1 loaf.



One Response to “Cranberry Bread Recipe”

  1. comment number 1 by: Ireland5

    This is excellent cranberry bread - I tried it. It is very moist and flavorful! If you can find the fresh cranberries in the produce department of your local grocery store, this bread is good any time during the year - don’t save it just for the holidays.

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