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The Best Cranberry Orange Sweet Bread Recipe

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This delicious Cranberry Orange Sweet Bread Recipe is so easy to make and perfect for parties or gifting! It’s tender and sweet and loaded with cranberries!

Give me all the carbs… and if you make ’em sweet, even better! this Cranberry Orange Sweet Bread fits right in with my favorite sweet bread recipes – Easy Cinnamon Rolls, Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread, and Lemon Sweet Rolls. Ready to start baking? Good. Me too!

This delicious cranberry orange sweet bread is so easy to make and perfect for parties or gifting! It's so tender and sweet and loaded with cranberries!

Cranberry Orange Sweet Bread

When it comes to holiday flavors, I always feel like cranberries get a little overlooked. Everyone focuses on eggnog, gingerbread, and peppermint around Christmas time, but cranberries are pretty great too! They add a ton of flavor to any dish, and they’re the perfect complement for other flavors like orange and almond.

This cranberry orange sweet bread is the perfect combination of flavors, and had a delicious and tender crumb. It’s the perfect dessert to bring to a party or to add to your holiday table. You can also bake it into smaller loaves to give as gifts to neighbors and co-workers!

This delicious cranberry orange sweet bread is so easy to make and perfect for parties or gifting! It's so tender and sweet and loaded with cranberries!

Cranberry Orange Sweet Bread Baking Tips

  • Using parchment to line the pan is one of my favorite tricks for a pretty loaf! If you let it overlap the bread pan on two sides, it’s super easy to lift the whole loaf out without it sticking to the pan. I love how golden brown the bread gets in the oven. You’ll know it’s done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Tossing the cranberries with the flour mixture before adding the liquids helps them stay suspended in the batter, so you get an even distribution of cranberries throughout the bread. I love the combination of tangy cranberries and sweet, tender, orange bread. This bread is so delicious!
  • You could bake and serve fresh from the over, but why not add a delicious glaze to the top and make it even more fantastic? The tangy orange glaze is so easy to make and adds a bright pop of flavor to the sweet bread. It also makes it look even more festive and pretty!

This delicious cranberry orange sweet bread is so easy to make and perfect for parties or gifting! It's so tender and sweet and loaded with cranberries!

How to Make Cranberry Orange Sweet Bread

Cranberry Orange Sweet Bread

This delicious cranberry orange sweet bread recipe is so easy to make and perfect for parties or gifting! It's tender and sweet and loaded with cranberries!
Course Bread, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baked goods, bread, desserts
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 1 Slice
Calories 170 kcal

Ingredients

for the bread:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • zest of one medium orange
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries sliced in half
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

for the glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • zest of one medium orange

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a bread pan with cooking spray, then line with parchment, overlapping the pan on two sides.
  2. Add the sugar and orange zest to a large bowl. Rub the zest into the sugar using your fingers, until fragrant. Whisk in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Toss the cranberries with the flour mixture to coat.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and orange juice. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake 60-75 minutes, or until golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool 10-15 minutes.
  5. To make the glaze, whisk all glaze ingredients together. Drizzle over the slightly warm bread, and allow to cool before serving.

This delicious cranberry orange sweet bread is so easy to make and perfect for parties or gifting! It's so tender and sweet and loaded with cranberries!

This delicious cranberry orange sweet bread recipe is so easy to make and perfect for parties or gifting! It's tender and sweet and loaded with cranberries! #bread #sweetbread #neighborsgift #yum #bread #carblover #cranberry #orange

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