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Cranberry Orange Bread from www.tasteandtellblog.com

I know that cranberry and orange are more of a Christmas/holiday flavor combination, but what do you do when you have the majority of a bag of cranberries left from last month’s Daring Baker’s challenge? I didn’t want them to go to waste, but my husband doesn’t like cranberries, so I had to make something that I could easily take to work unless I wanted to eat it all myself! I chose this quick bread since I also had a box of oranges that we were making our way through.

This bread came together easily and quickly. My one hint when making a quick bread is to not use your stand mixer. Sure, it’s easier, but a bread like this will be more tender the less you mix it, and I don’t know about you, but I tend to like to mix more in my stand mixer! The original recipe called for walnuts, but I substituted pecans because that is what I had.

The morning after I made this, I was wrapping it up to take to work, but decided to ask my cranberry-hating-husband if he wanted me to at least leave him a slice. He un-enthusiastically said yes, so I kept one slice aside and brought the rest to work. But at work it was left virtually untouched. Yes – I work with a bunch of nut haters, and most would not even take a second look at it since it had nuts in it. I don’t understand some people!! At the end of the day, half of the loaf was still there (note to self – don’t even bring it to work if it has nuts!!) so I wrapped it up and took it home. I really liked it, so I figured I would finish it off myself. When I got home, my husband commented that he really liked the bread!! This bread had converted a cranberry hater!!

Cranberry Orange Bread
from The Great Big Baking Book

Makes 1 loaf

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
grated rind of 1 large orange
2/3 cup fresh orange juice
2 eggs, lightly beaten
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/4 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 cup nuts, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line the bottom and sides of a 9×5 loaf pan with wax paper or parchment paper and grease.

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Stir in the orange rind. Make a well in the center and add the orange juice, eggs and melted butter. Stir from the center until the ingredients are blended. DO NOT OVERMIX. Add the cranberries and nuts and stir until blended.

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean – about 45-50 minutes.

Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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30 Responses to Cranberry Orange Bread

  1. April says:

    Nut haters! don’t you hate them?! Your bread looks wonderful, and it proves that it was because the hubby liked it!

  2. clumsy says:

    I’m crazy for cranberry-orange flavors! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. glamah16 says:

    Just like my man( not liking cranberries). I made a chocolate chip, cranberry, orange pound cake for his coworkers and they loved it recently. Great combo and good use of cranberries. I still have more in the freezer.

  4. bbaking says:

    this is really a lovely looking loaf! I LOVE cranberries and I really like the look of this recipe, I’m gonna bookmark this for future reference x

  5. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    Pfft nuthaters. They’re like anti-chocolate people – I just don’t get it. At least your hubby tries things, sometimes thats the hardest thing with fussyeaters, they wont’ even try. Well done on convertin!

  6. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    Pfft nuthaters. They’re like anti-chocolate people – I just don’t get it. At least your hubby tries things, sometimes thats the hardest thing with fussyeaters, they wont’ even try. Well done on convertin!

  7. Mary says:

    That bread looks delicious. I love the orange cranberry combination.

    And yeah, I don’t get nut haters either.

  8. Arfi Binsted says:

    cranberry looks wonderful in bread! not a popular ingredients in my kitchen, but surely interesting to try out!!

  9. Kevin says:

    Nut haters? But nuts are so good! Orange and cranberry are a great combo and the pecans make it that much better. Nice looking bread!

  10. javagirlkt's cookin' says:

    This looks so good and easy. I’m scared of baking my own bread, but I think I could handle this one.

    All of your recipes are fantastic! :) Thanks for sharing.

  11. breadchick says:

    Oh Deborah, I was just thinking about making cranberry orange muffins with the bag in my freezer! But now I think I’ll try your quick loaf.

  12. Anj says:

    I think your co-workers are, well, um ‘NUTS’. I love all those flavors. Glad your husband liked the bread.

  13. Emiline says:

    Hallelujah! You converted him.

    Your co-workers are crazy! That bread looks so good. They are not foodies. I have the same problem at my work. (Hope they aren’t reading this) I don’t bother bringing stuff in, anymore.

    Pecans are better than walnuts, anyway.

  14. lalaine says:

    Wow! Looks so yummy!

    I have a cranberry bread recipe also, which uses puree pumpkin, but I’ve never gotten around to trying it! Well, the way I drooled over your pictures, I just know what will be coming out of my kitchen tomorrow!

  15. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Love the colors and the flavors, Deb. I have never tried fresh cranberries but have tried the dried ones. Delicious!

  16. Aimée says:

    Nice colors in this bread and a superb combination of flavors.I could go for a slice or two with my tea!

  17. Candace says:

    Yum! And its so pretty!

  18. Shayne says:

    cranberry and orange are always nice together.

  19. Gabi says:

    Looks so yummy! Orange and Cranberry are a match made in heaven. Glad your husband found it yummy.
    Hope you’re keeping warm through our SLC deep freeze!

  20. kellypea says:

    This sounds great. What is up with the folks you work with anyway? Don’t they know how good nuts are for them? This makes me realize I never posted a cranberry nut bread I made before Christmas. Hilarious!

  21. Amanda at Little Foodies says:

    Convert bread – love it!

  22. KJ says:

    errrm….I’m a nut hater. Please don’t hate me.

    Almonds, pistachios or hazelnuts terrific. Peanuts, walnuts, pecans or anything else, not for me.

    Otherwise this bread looks great, and nuts are easy to leave out.

  23. Cakespy says:

    Are you kidding? Whip out this combo ANY time for me!

  24. mimikatzchen says:

    this looks so yummy! i’ve been looking for some good loaf recipes, and this is definitely going on the list.

    once i brought a marble cake to work, and i was like wtf people! no one was eating it! i felt so rejected, haha, until i brought cookies in the next week and they were gobbled up. so i came to the conclusion, no more cakes at work.

  25. Cynthia says:

    This looks soooo good. I can try it with other fruit combos too right?

  26. eatme_delicious says:

    Hmm maybe I should try this bread as I don’t really like cranberries either. Saving this recipe!

  27. Nirmala says:

    Thanks for visiting again. I also made a sweet bread over the weekend. Yours looks delicious. I hope to post shortly. Thanks for the encouragement.

  28. maybahay says:

    how can anyone say no to these???
    the flavours sound wonderful.

  29. Cakelaw says:

    Yum – cranberry and orange is a great combination.

  30. Joan Metz says:

    Be a little more tolerant…some people are allergic to nuts and some have health issues (diverticulitus) and cannot eat nuts.

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