Sour and sweet, the combination of orange and cranberry is just what we need to liven things up a bit. My dad reminded me how OBSESSED I am with cranberry orange bread when he called me up to tell me he was making one of my childhood favorites. While he made muffins, I opted to use one of my many bread pans.
Here in Phoenix, we are in full on citrus mode. Yep. Winter is citrus season here because it’s still sunny and in the 60s. I just went into my backyard, picked an orange and used my microplane to get the fresh zest (affiliate link). Definitely avoid the white pith under the zest as mush as possible; it has a bitter taste.
This recipe is great because it’s adaptable to fit any size loaf pan or muffin tin. I’ll guide you through it with some baking options. Also, if you love a little crunch, you get to add chopped walnut or pecan.
A drizzle of vanilla icing upgrades this loaf from healthy to dessert status. Whatever you decide, be sure to snag some extra cranberries and freeze them for cranberry lovin all year long.
Cranberry Orange Bread
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup cane sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp orange zest, from 1 orange
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 400° F and prepare a loaf pan by smearing the inside with butter, dusting with flour, and using a strip of parchment paper to line the bottom. Whisk together the wet ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
Combine the flour and baking powder in a large bowl, stir to combine. Add the cranberries and walnuts and toss to dust with flour. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and use a spatula to gently fold. The batter will be lumpy, just be sure not to stir–I like to cut into the lumps with an up and down motion with my spatula just until there is no visible dry flour. Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 25-27 minutes or until golden brown on top and a toothpick comes out mostly clean.
I’m so excited you are making my recipe. Tag me @thefrayedapron on Instagram so I can admire your masterpiece. Don’t forget to leave a review and comment about your experience below. Thanks and see you next time!