One of the most festive loaf breads you can make during the holidays is this cranberry orange nut bread! It's speckled brightly with day glow fuchsia cranberries, orange zest, and walnuts.
Cranberry orange nut bread is a great loaf for late fall and early winter as cranberries, oranges, and walnuts are all in season. Buy an orange and squeeze it fresh to get the best juice for this recipe (grate the peel first for zest to add to the batter).
How to Prep Fresh Cranberries
You can easily prep the cranberries by pulsing them a few times in the food processor, or manually cut them in half first, then do a rough chop.
The result is a tangy, slightly sweet bread with occasional explosions of cranberry tartness, mellowed with walnuts.
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Cranberry Orange Nut Bread
Too much flour will make this bread crumbly and dry — how you measure the flour matters a lot in it turning out moist. To measure flour for this recipe, spoon the flour into a dry measuring cup and level it off with the back of a table knife.
2 cups (263g) all-purpose flour (see Recipe Note)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup (151g) sugar
4 tablespoons (58g) butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
1 cup (120g) chopped fresh cranberries
3/4 cup (93g) coarsely chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350°F
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 or 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
Combine the dry ingredients:
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
Combine the wet ingredients:
In a medium bowl, combine the orange juice, sugar, melted butter, egg, and orange zest.
Add the wet ingredients into dry:
Pour the orange juice and sugar mixture into the flour mixture. Fold until just blended. (Don't over-mix!) Fold in the cranberries and nuts.
Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Bake at 350°F for 50 to 55 minutes or until done (a tester inserted into the center comes out clean).
Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 14g||18%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||23%|
|Total Carbohydrate 49g||18%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||8%|
|Total Sugars 22g|
|Vitamin C 15mg||73%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|