Cranberry Breakfast Bread

Cranberry Breakfast Bread

It’s nice to take a break from all the treats and share this cranberry breakfast bread with you. (psst… if you missed any of the 12 Days of Christmas treats, you can find them all here). I made this cranberry bread last weekend and Mike and I both loved it. I actually made it to share with my Sunday school class and you should have seen the look on Mike’s face when I told him he couldn’t cut into it before church. 🙂 The bread is a wonderful combination of orange, cranberry, and walnut, and the orange glaze on top just might be the best part. The cranberries are roughly chopped, and their tartness is nicely balanced by the sweet orange flavor of the bread. All in all, this bread is perfectly delicious for the Christmas season.

Cranberry Breakfast Bread

Cranberry Breakfast Bread

Cranberry Breakfast Bread


  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest from 1 orange (about 2 tsp)
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

For Orange Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh orange juice


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a standard size loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sugar and orange zest and rub them together with your fingers until the sugar is moist and fragrant. Add in the oil, milk, eggs, vanilla, cranberries and mix well. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Fold in chopped nuts. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and the top springs back when touched lightly. Meanwhile, whisk together ingredients for orange glaze and set aside.
  4. Let bread cool 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Be careful as you remove it that the bottom is not stuck to the pan. Immediately drizzle glaze over the bread. Cool completely before slicing.
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  1. I love orange and cranberry bread! It’s been a while since I have made it. I need to change that!

  2. David raved about this in Sunday school and was hoping you’d post the recipe, so I’m sure it will be making an appearance in our house soon. Looks yummy! 🙂

  3. I just finished making this bread. I can’t wait to try it. This is an easy recipe full of flavor!

  4. This bread looks fantastic 🙂 I can’t wait to have a few slices myself!

  5. I made this today..but like a dweeb I forgot the cranberries. Today is Christmas, everything was closed. All I had was crushed pineapple so I used that. It’s wet so I figured I should use half of the amount it said for cranberries. My family loved it. Note,I know it’s bread bit I felt it was a bit dry. Have to tweak it. I had fun making it. Very easy.

  6. Oh my goodness! I am so glad I came across this on the site today! I made it last year and it was a big hit. I thought I had written the recipe down….but when I looked for it last week I couldn’t find it. I could not remember where I got the recipe from ! 🙁 totally made my day!

  7. Error in instructions. Says lemon zest instead of orange zest

  8. I noticed the lemon zest also. However, I am not a fan of orange and cranberry so I was going to switch out the orange for lemon anyway. I’ll let you know how it works.

  9. Oh me, Oh my, what delicious bread. I did not drizzle the icing, I globbed it on very thick…WOW!! The whole family raved about it and wants me to make another one..OK THANKS

  10. Can I make with dried cranberries instead of fresh? How much, do you think?

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