Cranberry Orange Bread

by aimee @ shugarysweets on June 23, 2014

 Sweet Cranberry Orange Bread is the perfect breakfast for you and your family. Grab a slice with your morning coffee, or serve it with a cup of milk!

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Cranberry Orange Bread: super easy, moist quick bread makes two loaves, great for freezing too!

Sweet breads are one of my weaknesses. As many of you know I love my morning coffee. And what goes better with morning coffee than a slice of sweet bread?

Today’s version is an orange bread with cranberries.

In all my cleaning out of the pantry this month, I found a can of Whole Berry Cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving. I knew it would work perfectly in today’s recipe.

Cranberry Orange Bread: super easy, moist quick bread makes two loaves, great for freezing too!

I made a loaf of this bread the last time my parents were out to visit. It’s become one of my favorite things to bake for them…breakfast pastries.

The sweet cranberry sauce adds such a great layer of flavor. And the tangy citrus from the fresh oranges is the perfect pairing.

But the best part is that this recipe makes two beautiful loaves of bread. One for now. One for later. This bread freezes well.

I added a simple glaze on this bread, using orange extract. It was an afterthought to add the sweet glaze, so I wish I had saved my last oranges and used a little extra orange zest in the glaze. But the extract worked great too! Use what you have on hand. You can swap out the milk and use orange juice in the glaze too.

Cranberry Orange Bread: super easy, moist quick bread makes two loaves, great for freezing too!

Next time you’re at the grocery store I urge you to stock up on some cranberry sauce! Or after the holidays, use up your fresh berry sauce in this bread. Either way, I’m basically just urging you to bake some bread.

I can’t wait to restock my new freezer in my new house with loaves of my favorite breads!

Cranberry Orange Bread: super easy, moist quick bread makes two loaves, great for freezing too!

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Cranberry Orange Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 2 loaves


    For the bread:
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 3 oranges, zested
  • 3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 can (14oz) whole berry cranberry sauce
  • For the glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp orange extract


  1. For the bread, spray two loaf pans with baking spray. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar. Beat in eggs until fully combined. Add orange extract and zest from 3 oranges. Beat in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and greek yogurt.
  3. Spoon about 1 1/4 cup of batter into the bottom of each loaf pan. Then spoon a large scoop of cranberry sauce onto batter, swirling it into the batter. Top with more batter, then another scoop of cranberry sauce. Finish with batter.
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 60-70 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely before applying glaze.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk and orange extract until smooth. Spoon over cooled bread. Allow to set (about 15 minutes). Wrap and store in refrigerator (or airtight container at room temperature) for up to 5 days.
  6. ENJOY.

Love quick breads? Here are a few of my favorite recipes….


Lemon Loaf: delicious, sweet and full of lemon flavor!


Coconut Banana Bread: sweet nutty bread filled with coconut and macadamia nuts!


Triple Chocolate Caramel Butterscotch Bread….sweet and perfect

More Sweet Bread recipes from some of my favorite blogs:

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Librarian Lavender June 23, 2014 at 7:47 am

This definitely looks like the perfect morning snack or breakfast! I can’t wait to try the recipe!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 23, 2014 at 8:52 am

Thank you! Let me know if you try it :)
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Ashton June 23, 2014 at 8:00 am

I always love your breads— they’re SO pretty! Plus, they look perfectly moist and flavorful every time. Why, oh why can’t we be neighbors?! Pinned :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 23, 2014 at 8:52 am

Awww you’re too sweet. I wish we could be neighbors!! Thanks for pinning :)
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Cookbook Queen June 23, 2014 at 8:02 am

That glaze is calling my name!!
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Chloe @ foodlikecake June 23, 2014 at 8:04 am

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Laura @ Raise Your Garden June 23, 2014 at 8:25 am

I get all weak in the knees for sweet breads too. Just love them with a cup of tea!

and I’m embarrassed at how often I just buy a loaf from Bob Evens to satisfy this craving. No excuses now not to make my own =)


aimee @ shugarysweets June 23, 2014 at 8:53 am

Oooh I do love Bob Evans Cherry Bread (must recreate that one soon)!!!
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How to Philosophize with Cake June 23, 2014 at 8:40 am

That looks amazing! I love quick breads like this, cranberry orange sounds like a great flavor!
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Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled June 23, 2014 at 8:43 am

I would LOVE a couple pieces of this delicious cranberry orange bread right now! Looks delicious, pinned & SU! :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 23, 2014 at 8:53 am

Thanks for all the sharing Jenn!
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Melanie @ Carmel Moments June 23, 2014 at 9:12 am

Great combo of flavors here Aimee! Gorgeous too.
Have a wonderful week!
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Christie - Food Done Light June 23, 2014 at 9:18 am

I have a weakness for quick sweet breads too. This one is loaded in delicious flavor.
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Averie @ Averie Cooks June 23, 2014 at 10:22 am

I can SEE just how moist and awesome this bread is and the fact that you’re using cranberries (and not just in Dec for holiday baking) is awesome! love them! Pinned


Tanya Schroeder June 23, 2014 at 10:30 am

I’m sure I have a can of cranberries somewhere too! It’s time to stock my freezer with yummy bread too!
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Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel June 23, 2014 at 11:03 am

Coffee + morning sweet bread = no better combination to wake up to! This cranberry orange version looks so rockin’, Aimee!
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Robin @ Simply Southern Baking June 23, 2014 at 11:21 am

This looks amazing Aimee! I wish I had a piece now with a cup of coffee! Have a great week. :)
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life June 23, 2014 at 11:27 am

Coffee and a slice of yummy sweet bread with ooey gooey glaze is definitely the best way to start the day! Love that topping!!!
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Lyuba@willcookforsmiles June 23, 2014 at 12:32 pm

This bread sounds delightful and I love the idea of freezing it!
I’ll be on a lookout for cranberry sauce now :)
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Mary Frances June 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

All breakfast pastries have my heart :) Especially quick breads! Cranberry and orange is a timeless combo and I’m so glad you are pulling it out in June. Gorgeous photos and awesome recipe, Ms. Aimee! Pinned!
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Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction June 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

I love sweet breads! This one looks amazing!
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Mir June 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Can I raid your freezer sometime? Nothing better than tons of sweet breads in there!
Thank you for giving me ideas for cranberry sauce! This is a great way to use it!
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Julianne @ Beyond Frosting June 23, 2014 at 11:28 pm

A little bit of sweet on the side of my coffee makes for the perfect morning! I love creations that start with cleaning out the cabinets!
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Jess @ On Sugar Mountain June 24, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Duddddeee cranberries and orange became one of my favorite flavor combos last winter around Christmas. This bread looks awesome and perfect for breakfast! :D
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L A Stokes June 30, 2014 at 11:02 am

What size loaf pans?


Julie Blanner August 3, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Think I found what I am making for breakfast this week! Haha Looks delicious! :) Great pictures too!!


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