Orange Cranberry Nut Bread

I wait all year for cran-nut bread. Every Thanksgiving my mom makes this treat. It’s generally a once a year thing and it’s so worth the wait. Each bite of this delightful loaf is loaded with fresh cranberries, orange zest, and walnuts. We also make them in muffin form; smaller things always taste a little bit better, amiright?


This quick bread has cranberries and walnuts AND orange in it, which means it’s basically a superfood. Fruit, healthy fats, and protein. It’s arguably better for you than a blueberry.


This recipe is super easy to make; the only annoying part is grating the orange zest. But that’s what you have your friends for, right? If they expect to try any of this delicacy, they’d better be willing to help make it. Happy baking!


2 cups flour
1 cup white sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 and 1/2 cup shortening (butter)
2 tsp grated orange zest
3/4 cup orange juice
1 well-beaten egg
1 cup fresh, coarsely chopped cranberries
1/2 cup chopped nuts (any kind will work)

Mix together dry ingredients. Cut in shortening. In another bowl combine the orange peel, orange juice, and beaten egg. Add to dry ingredients, mixing just to moisten. Fold in cranberries and nuts. Pour into a greased and floured 9x5x3” pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. Enjoy immediately or wrap and store overnight. Yay!




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