Cranberry Orange Loaf

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    Cranberry and orange are the perfect flavors for this cranberry orange loaf. Make a loaf of this for breakfast with overnight guests the day after Thanksgiving. Goes great with that cup of coffee, too!

    Cranberry orange loaf is an easy make-ahead breakfast to have for overnight guests! Recipe on

    Cranberry orange loaf is an easy make-ahead breakfast to have for overnight guests! Recipe on

    Cranberry orange loaf is an easy make-ahead breakfast to have for overnight guests! Recipe on

    This weekend was such a blur. Jason’s parents came in town for a quick visit. We hadn’t seen them since Labor Day weekend and my parents hadn’t seem them since our wedding in April! It was nice that we were all able to get together and catch up. Jason and I took his parents to eat pho for the very first time on Saturday for lunch. They were very impressed with it and we were glad they liked it. There was a point during lunch we thought they weren’t going to finish because they didn’t like it but we were wrong! :) I now need to learn to make it at home so we can have it all winter long.

    Yesterday, we went to Pennsylvania for the day to surprise his grandma for her 90th birthday. It was a really sweet moment. All her sons came in town for it along with a bunch of Jason’s cousins and she didn’t know any of this and her husband was even in on it!. Everyone told her they would be out of town and then they all showed up at her church and she started crying. Ahh, I love grandparents :) they’re the sweetest!

    Cranberry orange loaf is an easy make-ahead breakfast to have for overnight guests! Recipe on

    Cranberry orange loaf is an easy make-ahead breakfast to have for overnight guests! Recipe on

    So, one of my favorite flavor combinations is cranberry orange. I just love the sweet-tart flavor and the orange scent always makes me smile. Really – something about the orange scent, every time I get a whiff of it at any bakery, I’m instantly smiling and wanting another whiff :) my favorite fruity flavor muffin is cranberry orange (and I’m actually really surprised I don’t have it on my blog!) and I’m always such a sucker for the Starbucks’ cranberry orange bread whenever I see they have it in the case.

    You’ll love this cranberry orange loaf for the holidays this year. It makes a decent amount so you and all your overnight guests can have a slice the next morning with their cup of coffee! I bought two bags of cranberries last year and froze one and thawed it out a couple months ago and made this cranberry orange loaf :) it was so easy and I loved having a slice every morning for the entire week!

    Cranberry Orange Loaf

    Cranberry and orange are the perfect flavors for this cranberry orange loaf. Make a loaf of this for breakfast with overnight guests the day after Thanksgiving. Goes great with that cup of coffee, too!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 1 hr 5 mins
    Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 1 loaf of bread
    Calories: 436kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • Zest of 1 medium-sized orange
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 cup fresh cranberries

    Optional streusel topping

    • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
    • 6 tbsp all-purpose flour
    • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, cold


    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, with a 2-inch overhang on either side. Lightly grease the parchment paper and exposed pan. Set aside.
    • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and orange zest. Make a well in the center of the mixture.
    • In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, milk, and melted butter.
    • Gently pour the egg mixture into the well of the dry ingredients and whisk together until just combined. The mixture may be a little lumpy - it's ok. Gently fold in the cranberries with a spatula and try not to break any as they'll dye your batter pink :)
    • Pour batter into prepared pan, spread evenly.
    • If you choose to add the streusel topping, combine brown sugar and flour together in a small bowl, then using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the brown sugar and flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the streusel mixture on top of the batter.
    • Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. If bread is browning too quickly, cover with foil for the last 15-20 minutes of baking.
    • Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes then pulling up on the parchment paper overhang, carefully pull out the bread from the pan and let cool completely on the wire rack.
    • Slice and serve.
    • Wrap tightly in saran wrap or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


    Adapted from Fall Baking, page 116
    Nutrition Facts
    Cranberry Orange Loaf
    Amount Per Serving (0.125 of recipe)
    Calories 436 Calories from Fat 171
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 19g29%
    Carbohydrates 62g21%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 38g42%
    Protein 5g10%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.


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  • Megan - The Emotional Baker says:

    I love Cranberry and Orange. This loaf looks amazing! I bet a streusel topping really makes the cake, too. That’s great that you were able to spend some time with family :)

  • Tracy | Pale Yellow says:

    I love cranberries and never know how to use them except for cranberry sauce, this recipe sounds fantastic!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Hooray for cranberries!! I’m psyched for this bread. It’d seriously be devoured here.

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    Such a fabulous loaf. Yum!

  • Heather Christo says:

    That is so cute about Jason’s grandma :) It made me miss my own Grammy. You guys are lucky to have a grandparent around. This bread looks great, I am really into cranberry and orange this year :)

  • Tieghan says:

    This bread is gorgeous!! I am in love with cranberries right now, so this is perfect!

  • Maria says:

    I love cranberry and orange together!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    Love those flavors and this looks incredibly moist. Can’t wait to try this recipe, Julie.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    We’re almost twins today with our cranberry breads :) Orange + cranberry is the best winter flavor combination, hands down!

  • Shaina says:

    I don’t think I have ever tried this flavor combination. I’m not a huge orange fan, BUT i love cranberry, so this could win me over!

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    Cranberry and orange are one of my favorite combinations. Putting this on my to bake list!

  • Julie, this is so pretty! It would make perfect holiday gifts!

  • Rachel Cooks says:

    Love that you all surprised Jason’s grandma! What a sweet, sweet thing to do! This bread looks amazing — can I just scrape the top off and eat all of that? ;)

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says:

    I love cranberry and orange flavor combo too. Yum. And Jason’s grandma’s birthday surprise sounds so sweet. Grandparents are the best : )

  • naomi says:

    I always love this bread for the holidays. I’ll take any reason to throw cranberries into a baked good! :)

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Gorgeous cranberry orange loaf, Julie! I am with you…such a sucker for anything orange and cranberry. Thanks for sharing and I will pin tonight! xo

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Um, this is being actioned ASAP!! Love the flavors, Julie!

  • Dawn says:

    This is the perfect recipe for me to make for the day after Thanksgiving. I think I will make a couple of extra loaves to give to my Mom and Mother-inlaw to enjoy also.

    • Julie says:

      Aw that’s sweet!! I hope everyone enjoys!

  • Kathryn says:

    Cranberry and orange is such a perfect combination and this loaf is just so pretty with those splashes of pink!

  • Shawn @ I Wash You Dry says:

    This looks so moist and delicious!! Pinning!!

  • AnnellaW says:

    Fresh cranberries aren’t available here so I’m wondering if it would work if I heated up some dried ones with the juice of the orange (similar to preparing dried fruit for a boiled fruit cake). Can’t hurt to try, right?
    Cranberry and orange sounds like a delicious combination.

    • Julie says:

      Oh, I definitely think that could work! Like you said, doesn’t hurt to try! I’m sure it’ll be just fine! Let me know your results! Enjoy :)

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    Looks like such a delicious recipe, Julie! Love cranberry and orange together!

  • Kathy @ Olives and Garlic says:

    I bet it would be awesome the next morning with apple butter :) Yum

  • Taylor @ greens & chocolate says:

    Sounds like a fun weekend! I love the flavor combination of cranberry and orange too – but for some reason I only think of it during the winter. I wonder why that is?! This bread looks delicious. I can picture it being the perfect Thanksgiving morning treat!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    I’m crying because I wish I had this for breakfast in the morning! It looks so moist and delicious!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Love the cranberry and orange combo here!

  • Shannon says:

    If no fresh cranberries are available, will dried cranberries work?

    • Julie says:

      Yup, they certainly do!

  • Liz @ FloatingKitchen says:

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to make this. I’m also on a cranberry-orange kick this week (I just made the cranberry upside down cake from Elise at Simply Recipes – you should check it out).

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I love a good cranberry orange loaf, this one looks perfect!

  • marla says:

    Ohhhhh. Yes yes!! Gotta try this cake :)

  • Tracey says:

    I’ve never had the Starbucks version, but I absolutely love this bread! Cranberry and orange is easily one of my favorite flavor combos around the holidays – it doesn’t hurt that the colors are gorgeous too :)

  • Jenny Flake says:

    How gorgeous is this bread?! Love it!!

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Yum!! I love cranberry-orange together :) this loaf looks perfect!

  • Michelle says:

    Could this be made with frozen cranberries or should they be thawed first?

    • Julie says:

      They would need to be thawed first and pat dry.

  • Juanita says:

    Has anyone else made this? I have a hard time find a cranberry loaf recipe that is moist. Most of the ones I’ve made the loaf comes out dense and dry and falls apart when you slice it and not at all moist.

  • Linda says:

    I tried to print this great receipe for Cranberry Orange Bread. What is up with all the lines thru the receipe and you can not read it.
    Try printing it yourself. This will be gifts this year !!! Thanks for sharing, I could not print it …..sad.

    • Julie says:

      Hi, that’s strange. I just tried and I was able to see it with no lines? Can you refresh the page and try again?

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