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!

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
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

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!

Servings: 1 loaf of bread
Calories: 436 kcal
  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and orange zest. Make a well in the center of the mixture.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat together eggs, milk, and melted butter.
  4. 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 :)
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan, spread evenly.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Slice and serve.
  10. Wrap tightly in saran wrap or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Recipe Notes

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*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Total Carbohydrates 62g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 38g
Protein 5g 10%
* 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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Posted on November 11, 2013

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  1. 11/11/2013 at 6:37 am

    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 :)

  2. 11/11/2013 at 8:02 am

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

  3. 11/11/2013 at 8:48 am

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

  4. 11/11/2013 at 9:00 am

    Such a fabulous loaf. Yum!

  5. 11/11/2013 at 9:11 am

    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 :)

  6. 11/11/2013 at 9:12 am

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

  7. 11/11/2013 at 9:15 am

    I love cranberry and orange together!

  8. 11/11/2013 at 9:27 am

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

  9. 11/11/2013 at 9:29 am

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

  10. 11/11/2013 at 9:42 am

    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!

  11. 11/11/2013 at 9:55 am

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

  12. 11/11/2013 at 9:59 am

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

  13. 11/11/2013 at 10:29 am

    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? ;)

  14. 11/11/2013 at 11:36 am

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

  15. 11/11/2013 at 12:27 pm

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

  16. 11/11/2013 at 12:29 pm

    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

  17. 11/11/2013 at 12:54 pm

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

  18. Dawn
    11/11/2013 at 1:44 pm

    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.

    • 11/12/2013 at 8:45 am

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

  19. 11/11/2013 at 2:50 pm

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

  20. 11/11/2013 at 3:57 pm

    This looks so moist and delicious!! Pinning!!

  21. AnnellaW
    11/11/2013 at 4:13 pm

    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.

    • 11/12/2013 at 8:46 am

      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 :)

  22. 11/11/2013 at 6:51 pm

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

  23. 11/11/2013 at 6:58 pm

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

  24. 11/11/2013 at 10:12 pm

    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!

  25. 11/11/2013 at 11:08 pm

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

  26. 11/12/2013 at 9:28 am

    Love the cranberry and orange combo here!

  27. Shannon
    11/12/2013 at 11:19 am

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

    • 11/13/2013 at 1:29 pm

      Yup, they certainly do!

  28. 11/12/2013 at 8:59 pm

    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).

  29. 11/12/2013 at 11:58 pm

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

  30. 11/13/2013 at 5:50 pm

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

  31. 11/13/2013 at 9:27 pm

    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 :)

  32. 11/19/2013 at 12:01 am

    How gorgeous is this bread?! Love it!!

  33. 11/20/2013 at 11:29 am

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

  34. Michelle
    01/16/2016 at 10:23 pm

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

    • Julie
      01/17/2016 at 3:18 pm

      They would need to be thawed first and pat dry.

  35. Juanita
    12/08/2016 at 3:41 pm

    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.

  36. Linda
    11/26/2017 at 1:34 pm

    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
      11/26/2017 at 8:13 pm

      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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