Cranberry Orange Bread

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This glazed Cranberry Orange Bread has the perfect blend of sweet, tangy flavor! Bursting with juicy cranberries and orange zest, it’s a moist quick bread that you’ll love with your morning coffee.

Love cranberry treats? Try our delicious Cranberry Christmas Cake for the ultimate sweet start to your day. Or give our cranberry cheesecake recipe a try this year!

Two slices of cranberry orange bread on a stack of white plates.
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Why This Bread is Best

Nothing starts my day in a brighter way than a thick, moist slice of cranberry bread. The added citrus gives this bread a zing of flavor.

  • Soft, tender crumb. This cranberry bread stays moist for days, making it a perfect for gifting!
  • Made with cranberry sauce. The sweet and tart sauce is swirled into the bread so every slice looks as good as it tastes.
  • Orange glaze. The hint of citrus in the simple glaze adds an extra special touch that makes this cranberry orange loaf taste like it came from a fancy bakery!
  • Freezer friendly bread. This recipe makes two big loaves. One to enjoy now, one to freeze for later.

Love easy bread recipes? Readers rave over our strawberry bread and zucchini bread too!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make cranberry orange bread.

To make cranberry orange bread, you will need the usual baking suspects including all purpose flour, sugar, eggs and butter.

These key ingredients set this bread apart:

  • Orange extract – A highly concentrated flavoring that gives this bread and glaze their recognizable orange flavor without adding extra liquid.
  • Orange zest – The zest is the colorful layer of fresh orange peel. Its oils hold all the citrusy fragrance that gives oranges (and this bread) their familiar aroma. Use our guide on how to zest a lemon for best practices.
  • Greek yogurt – My secret for cranberry orange bread that stays moist and soft! Vanilla flavor yogurt tastes best here but plain is fine too.
  • Whole berry cranberry sauce – This canned sauce is cooked for a shorter amount of time than its jellied counterpart so the whole cranberries stay in tact. You can definitely use our homemade cranberry sauce for added flavor (or use up some leftover thanksgiving sauce)!

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make cranberry bread.

Orange bread batter. Beat together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and extract and orange zest, followed by the remaining dry ingredients and the Greek yogurt.

Add the cranberry sauce. Pour 1 ¼ cup of batter into the bottom of two prepared loaf pans. Spoon a scoop of the cranberry sauce into each pan. Swirl it into the batter.

Cover the cranberry sauce with more batter and repeat with the remaining cranberry sauce. Finally, pour and remaining bread batter over the last layer of cranberry sauce.

Bake. Let the bread cool completely before adding the glaze.

How to make glaze for cranberry orange bread:

Whisk together powdered sugar, orange extract and a little bit of milk in a small bowl. Soon the orange glaze over the top of the cooled loaves.

Loaf of cranberry bread sliced on cutting board.

Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure to line your loaf pans with parchment paper and baking spray to prevent the bread from sticking.
  • Let the glazed loaves set for about 15 minutes before slicing. This gives the glaze a chance to harden to the perfect (less messy!) consistency.
  • Store your cranberry orange bread in the refrigerator or at room temperature. It keeps slightly longer in the fridge and I love the way it tastes cold!

Recipe FAQs

Can I use orange juice instead of orange extract?

Orange juice cannot be substitute for orange extract in this recipe. Orange extract is highly concentrated so one tiny spoonful contains the same intensity of orange flavor as several oranges worth of juice.

Can I freeze this cranberry bread?

Yes, this bread freezes beautifully with or without the glaze. You can freeze it whole or in individual slices for easy serving.

How long does cranberry orange bread keep in the freezer?

Tightly wrapped in foil and freezer bags, this bread stays good for up to 3 months in the freezer.

I only want one loaf of bread. Can I cut the recipe in half?

You sure can! Simply halve all of the ingredients and you will have enough batter and glaze for one loaf.
If you are only baking one loaf at a time, check the bread for doneness at about 45 minutes to ensure you don’t over cook it.

Cranberry bread served on a white plate with black coffee.

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Cranberry Orange Bread

5 from 4 votes
By: Aimee
This glazed Cranberry Orange Bread has the perfect blend of sweet, tangy flavor! Bursting with juicy cranberries and orange zest, it's a moist quick bread that you'll love with your morning coffee.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 2 loaves

Ingredients 

For the bread:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 3 oranges zested
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce 14 ounce

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
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Instructions 

  • For the bread, spray two loaf pans with baking spray. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ENJOY.

Notes

  • Make sure to line your loaf pans with parchment paper and baking spray to prevent the bread from sticking.
  • Let the glazed loaves set for about 15 minutes before slicing. This gives the glaze a chance to harden to the perfect (less messy!) consistency.
  • Store your cranberry orange bread in the refrigerator or at room temperature. It keeps slightly longer in the fridge and I love the way it tastes cold!
  • Nutrition

    Serving: 1slice, Calories: 303kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 193mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 29g
    Course: Breads
    Cuisine: American
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    Cranberry Orange Bread with glaze and cranberry sauce makes a delicious breakfast, dessert or homemade gift for the holidays!

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    Posted on May 23, 2022

    Comments & Reviews

    1. Duddddeee cranberries and orange became one of my favorite flavor combos last winter around Christmas. This bread looks awesome and perfect for breakfast! 😀

    2. 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!

    3. 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!

    4. 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!

    5. This bread sounds delightful and I love the idea of freezing it!
      I’ll be on a lookout for cranberry sauce now 🙂

    6. Coffee and a slice of yummy sweet bread with ooey gooey glaze is definitely the best way to start the day! Love that topping!!!

    7. This looks amazing Aimee! I wish I had a piece now with a cup of coffee! Have a great week. 🙂

    8. Coffee + morning sweet bread = no better combination to wake up to! This cranberry orange version looks so rockin’, Aimee!

    9. I’m sure I have a can of cranberries somewhere too! It’s time to stock my freezer with yummy bread too!

    10. 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

    11. I have a weakness for quick sweet breads too. This one is loaded in delicious flavor.

    12. I would LOVE a couple pieces of this delicious cranberry orange bread right now! Looks delicious, pinned & SU! 🙂

    13. That looks amazing! I love quick breads like this, cranberry orange sounds like a great flavor!

    14. 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 =)

    15. 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 🙂

    16. This definitely looks like the perfect morning snack or breakfast! I can’t wait to try the recipe!

    5 from 4 votes (2 ratings without comment)

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