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Cranberry Walnut Bread

  • Author: Allison Ferraro
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf (8.5 in. x 4.5 in.) 1x


A little tangy, a little crunchy, and totally delicious, cranberry walnut bread is perfect for the holidays! This easy sweet bread recipe makes a tasty Christmas morning breakfast and an impressive hostess gift. It's perfect on its own, but it's extra special served with orange marmalade.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp. grated orange rind
  • 3 Tbsp. white vinegar plus enough water to make 2/3 cup
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a standard loaf pan (8.5"x4.5") with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Sift flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar into a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the egg and then stir in the orange juice, orange rind, vinegar mixture, and melted butter.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir just until moistened. Add the cranberries and walnuts and stir just until mixed. (Optional: save a few chopped walnuts and sprinkle them on top of the loaf before baking.)
  5. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out clean.
  6. Let the baked loaf cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


Storage: Store bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Cranberry walnut bread can also be frozen for up to 3 months; for best results, wrap the completely cooled loaf tightly in plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil and a plastic bag or other airtight container before freezing.

This bread is delicious served with orange marmalade.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cranberry walnut bread, quick bread, sweet bread, holiday bread, Christmas recipe