This easy recipe for the best cranberry orange bread packs crunchy walnuts, tart cranberries, and sweet orange into a holiday quick bread that makes a great breakfast or dessert.

Cranberry Orange Bread with nuts

We love quick bread. Moist, sweet, and perfect for breakfast. While our peanut butter chocolate chip banana bread is a delicious treat anytime of the year, during the winter months we love this easy cranberry orange bread recipe because it has some of our favorite flavors of the season.

Fresh cranberries, orange zest, and crunchy walnuts are packed into this simple cranberry bread with buttermilk making a sweet, slightly tart bright bread that bursts with orange notes. It’s delicious to enjoy for breakfast or as an afternoon sweet snack with a warm cup of tea or coffee.

This cranberry nut bread is great for those mornings when you have extra people in your house, as we tend to have during the holidays. We know they’ll love this moist, flavorful quick bread and it will help get everyone into the holiday spirit and keep it going through the New Year!

Note: This post may contain affiliate links. That means if you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Thank you!

Cranberry Orange Bread ingredients

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • All-purpose flour – We highly recommend all-purpose flour instead whole wheat as that can change the texture and flavor of the bread.
  • Sugar – Sugar helps to provide sweetness to the bread.
  • Salt – Salt helps bring out the flavors a bit and balances the sweetness.
  • Leavening agents – You’ll need both baking soda and baking powder.
  • Eggs – Eggs provide some rise and structure for the bread.
  • Butter – Butter adds some flavor and helps to moisten the bread.
  • Buttermilk– Go for buttermilk over regular milk. It will help the bread rise and make it super tender.
  • Vanilla – We use vanilla extract for best flavor. Try to avoid imitation vanilla.
  • Orange zest– Freshly grated orange zest adds the bright citrus pop.
  • Fresh cranberries – Fresh cranberries are seasonal, but you can almost always find them starting around October depending on where you live.
  • Walnuts – You can substitute with pecans or omit the nuts if you prefer or are allergic to them.
  • White chocolate melts – We use white chocolate melts for the drizzle, but you use chips or bar versions.
Cranberry Orange Bread with orange zest

How to Make Cranberry Orange Bread

Step 1 – Preheat – Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Step 2 – Mix dry ingredients – Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in one bowl.

Step 3 – Cream – Using your mixer cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl.

Step 4 – Add eggs – Add eggs to the butter mixture one at a time making sure each is mixed in before adding the next.

Step 5 – Add orange and vanilla – Add the vanilla extract and orange zest to the egg and butter mixture.

Step 6 – Mix together – Add the flour mixture to the eggs and butter and mix until combined.

Step 7 – Add buttermilk – Slowly stir in the buttermilk until it is fully incorporated.

Step 8 – Fold – Fold in the cranberries and chopped walnuts.

Step 9 – Prepare pan and pour batter – Grease your 9×5-inch loaf pan and either flour the bottom or line it with parchment paper. Pour the batter your prepared pan.

Step 10 – Bake – Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Make sure to check it early and often so it doesn’t over-bake.

Step 11 – Cool – Once it has finished baking remove it from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing it from the pan and placing on a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 12 – Drizzle – Once the bread has cooled, melt the while chocolate melts in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until they are fully melted and smooth. Drizzle it over the top of the bread. Let the chocolate cool and firm up and then slice and serve.

Cranberry Orange Bread on platter with white chocolate drizzle
Can I Use Frozen Cranberries Instead of Fresh?

Yes! You can substitute frozen cranberries for fresh cranberries. The bread has the same great flavor and using frozen cranberries means you can make the bread all year round!

Should Frozen Cranberries Be Thawed Before Baking?

Yes. Remove them from the freezer and spread out on a baking sheet. Let them come to room temp before adding to batter.

We recommend lightly patting any excess moisture off of them with a paper towel before adding them to the batter.

Can I Use Dried Cranberries Instead of Fresh?

Yes. Dried cranberries don’t have the same strong, tart flavor that fresh cranberries give the bread, but you can use dried cranberries. For this recipe you will use 1 1/2 cups of dried cranberries.

Can You Freeze Cranberry Orange Bread?

Yes! Let it cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and then a layer of aluminum foil, making sure to seal tightly. Store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

To thaw and serve, remove from the freezer, unwrap, and let your bread come to room temperature

Cranberry Orange Bread on black platter with nuts and cranberries

How to Store Cranberry Orange Bread

Store at room temperature. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container. It should keep for 4-7 days.

If you want the bread to last longer you can wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or seal in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. The cool temp tends to dry the bread out a little but this bread is moist enough to begin with that it is still delicious.

Looking for More Easy Bread Recipes?

Like this recipe?
Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Pinterest for more recipes like this.

Servings: 12 people
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 55 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins

Cranberry Orange Bread

Berry Bonanza Bliss Bread is quick bread recipe with nuts and berries and drizzled with white chocolate. Perfect for breakfast, dessert or a holiday gift.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 2 large Eggs
  • ½ cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoons Orange zest
  • 1 cup Fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts
  • 1/2 cup White chocolate melts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in one bowl.
  • Using your mixer cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Add eggs to the butter mixture one at a time making sure each is mixed in before adding the next.
  • Add the vanilla extract and orange zest to the egg and butter mixture.
  • Add the flour mixture to the eggs and butter and mix until combined.
  • Slowly pour in the buttermilk until it is fully incorporated.
  • Fold in the cranberries and chopped walnuts.
  • Grease your 9×5 inch loaf pan and either flour the bottom or line it with parchment paper.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
  • Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Make sure to check it early and often so it doesn’t over-bake.
  • Once it has finished baking remove it from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing it from the pan and letting it cool completely.
  • Once the bread has cooled melt the while chocolate melts in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until they are fully melted and smooth. Then drizzle over the top of the bread.
  • Let the chocolate cool and firm up and then slice and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 458kcal, Carbohydrates: 78g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 240mg, Potassium: 62mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 61g, Vitamin A: 450IU, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 0.4mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry orange bread, cranberry orange bread with buttermilk, recipe for cranberry orange bread