Cranberry Orange Bread

Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins
Total 1 hr 20 mins
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Cranberry Orange Bread: this easy quick bread recipe is bursting with fresh, tart cranberries and zesty orange citrus and is drizzled with a sweet orange glaze!

Cranberry Orange Bread sliced into pieces with one piece on a plate.

If you are looking for a good holiday quick bread recipe, this is the recipe you have been searching for!

This Cranberry Orange Bread is bright, fresh and perfectly moist. And because it’s a quick bread, it takes only a few minutes to whip together.

Bonus: it is topped with a sweet orange glaze that puts it into the ‘over the top good’ category.

You may want to go ahead and double the recipe for this one, because the whole family is going to want seconds!

Cranberry Orange Bread drizzled with orange icing and orange zest.

What is quick bread?

Some of you may be wondering what quick bread is. Quick bread is any bread made with other leavening agents (baking soda, baking powder, etc.) besides yeast.

Quick breads are wonderfully easy to prepare compared to their yeast made counterparts.

They are easy to whip up, don’t require proofing or rising time and are much less labor intensive than a yeast based bread.

However, unlike a yeast bread, they are denser and heavier. More similar to a pound cake.

Here are my other favorite quick bread recipes: Pumpkin Cranberry Buttermilk Bread and Pineapple Coconut Quick Bread!

Fresh Cranberries in wooden bowl

Lately, I have been on a major cranberry kick. They are just so festive for Christmas!

I can’t stop putting bags of fresh cranberries into my cart every time I see them at the grocery store.

This weekend will be my third time making this Cranberry Eggnog Bread Pudding this month!

I wanted to make something else with all my cranberries and that’s when I came up with the idea for this Cranberry Orange Bread.

Slices of glazed cranberry orange bread.

I love the combination of tart cranberries with bright zesty orange. It’s just so classic.

The two fruits play off each other so perfectly and you can taste both equally in this quick bread recipe.

The bread itself is loaded with fresh cranberries, orange juice and fresh orange zest from one large orange.

Then we make a delicious two ingredient glaze with powdered sugar and orange juice to drizzle on top!

Up close photo of cranberries in cranberry orange quick bread.

This Cranberry Orange Bread is a classic combination that everyone is going to love!

The quick bread comes together very easily and then into the oven it goes. Serve it for breakfast, snack or even dessert!

It goes perfectly with a big cup of coffee for breakfast!

Head over to Dixie Crystals for the full recipe I developed for them by clicking the recipe button below:

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  1. Sandra

    I have made this several times and it was always moist and wonderful. The one I made today was dry and not sweet enough. No idea what went wrong – I made it exactly the same as the other times. Any suggestions what might have happened?

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.

      Huh. The not sweet enough is hard to know what could have caused that. It should always be the same amount of sweet. The dry – I would assume it might have baked a little longer – thus drying it out.

  2. L v V

    Thank you for yet another lovely cranberry recipe!

    I think you may want to change the word ‘intestine,’ though!

    I’m not sure whether I make this cranberry bread, or the cranberry relish! Maybe I’ll just buy more cranberries!

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.

      Haha! That was supposed to be intensive! I will update it, thanks for catching it! Glad you enjoyed the bread!

  3. Mara

    Thank you for this delicious recipe! My kids and I just made it and posted it on our blog. It was seriously some of the best bread I’ve ever had. We also just made your Almond Meltaways. I think I’m in love with your recipes!

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