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loaf of cranberry orange bread in white loaf pan surrounded by oranges and cranberries

Cranberry Orange Bread

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


The Best Cranberry Orange Bread is sweet, gorgeous, and perfect for giving as a gift! Made with tangy orange zest, melted butter, and fresh cranberries.



For the bread:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk (here's how to make your own buttermilk)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped

For the orange glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x5 bread pan or a tea loaf pan well.
  2. In a large bowl, add the granulated sugar and the orange zest. Stir the mixture together until the sugar starts to turn a bit orange and is fragrant. Add the flour, salt, and baking powder to the sugar mixture and whisk to combine well.
  3. In a separate bowl add the buttermilk, butter, eggs, orange juice, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine well.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Fold in the cranberries and then place the batter into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean about 1 hour and 10 minutes for a traditional bread loaf pan (and about 50 minutes for the tea loaf pictured). If the top starts to brown too quickly, you might want to cover the bread with foil for the last 10 or so minutes of baking.
  6. Remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool on a wire rack for 20-30 minutes before removing the bread from the pan. Run a knife along the edges of the pan before you turn it upside down to remove it from the pan.
  7. Whisk together the ingredients for the glaze until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the warm bread and then slice to serve.


  • This recipe doubles well if you want to make 2 loaves.
  • Bake in a 9x5 inch loaf pan  at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour and 10 minutes (70 minutes)
  • Bake in a tea loaf pan at 350 degree F for around 50 minutes.
  • Bake 12 muffins in a standard size muffin tin at 350 degrees F for 18-20 minutes.
  • Bake mini loaf pans at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes (depending on the size of your pan).
  • This bread freezes great. Just cool fully, wrap up well, and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 10 min
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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