The Best Cranberry Orange Bread

Sharing an amazing and easy recipe for The Best Cranberry Orange Bread loaf. Soft and moist bread loaf with fresh cranberries, orange zest and a simple lemon glaze.

This bread loaf is so flavorful and perfect to bake around the holiday for gift giving for friends and loved ones. It’s also a great idea to bring to your family party throughout the year or even to bake for your family at home just because you want fresh sweet bread.

Cranberry Orange Bread Loaf slices stacked.

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Moist and soft cake loaf with orange zest, lemon juice and fresh cranberries. Baked, then topped with an easy lemon glaze that completes the bread loaf.

The batter is so amazing and fluffy, the bread feels more like more like a cake than bread. So perfect!

Whole loaf of orange cranberry bread with a lemon glaze on a board.


Be sure to use the zest of a fresh orange. Grate using zester.)

Sifting flour is a great idea when making bread. Combine the baking soda, baking powder and flour and sift. Sifting the ingredients together helps to combine the ingredients, breaking up any lumps in the flour. The flour becomes lighter and is easier to mix in with the remaining ingredients.

I love the hint of citrus the orange zest and juice gives the bread and balances the tartness of the cranberries.

Wait for the bread loaf to completely cool before drizzling the glaze and slicing the bread.

Dust bread loaf with powdered sugar if desired.

Sweet cranberry bread loaf cut into slices.


  • Though fresh cranberries work best, frozen cranberries may be substituted.
  • You can use blueberries, raspberries or even cubed strawberries as a substitute for the cranberries.
  • If you like nuts, walnuts or pecans may be added to the cranberry bread.

Slices of bread loaf stacked on each other.


Yes, the orange cranberry bread freezes wonderfully. Be sure the bread is cooled completely before placing in a Ziploc bag and freezing.

I am not sure about you, but it seems like we always have something going on. But, regardless how busy we are, we have visitors in our home on a regular basis (by regular I mean on a weekly basis). There is always someone stopping by for a visit.

I don’t always have something fresh baking – horrible, I know. Some days you get a call that someone is driving through and wants to come for a visit! I love having frozen bread like this one, The Best Cranberry Orange Bread, for such purposes. I take out the frozen loaf and by the time I through a quick dinner together and set the table, the loaf is almost completely thawed.

Once we are ready to have dessert, I’ll even reheat the loaf and it feels like have yourself fresh cranberry bread. Winner! No one will ever know your secret. 😉

Thought the tart red cranberries give this bread a holiday feel, don’t be discourage to bake it all-year round. It’s a phenomenal recipe. You can also reminisce about the Christmas or New Years as you enjoy this bread.

Toddler holder a slice of orange cranberry bread.

Enjoy this flavorful bread and don’t forget to share your creations with us! We would love to see your spin on The Best Cranberry Orange Bread. Tag us #ValentinasCorner

The Best Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Sharing an amazing and easy recipe for The Best Cranberry Orange Bread loaf. Soft and moist bread loaf with fresh cranberries, orange zest and a simple lemon glaze.

Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 bread loaf
  • 3 Tbsp butter, room temp
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¼ c sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Prepare 9”x5” bread loaf. Cover with parchment paper and lightly coat with baking spray.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda, mix and set aside.
  4. Beat eggs, butter and sugar 2 minutes, the batter will triple in size.
  5. In a small bowl combine orange zest, orange juice, lemon juice, sour cream and oil. Pour into egg mixture. Lightly mix with a spatula.

  6. Add half of the flour, mix. Add remaining flour and mix gently. Add fresh cranberries and combine.
  7. Pour mixture into bread pan. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until toothpicks come out clean if inserted into the center of loaf.
  8. Prepare glaze. Mix sugar, lemon juice and milk. Add more powdered sugar if a thicker consistency is desired.

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Show 4 Comments
  • Toria 05/12/2018, 12:38 pm

    Love this bread recipe.

    • admin 05/13/2018, 1:02 am

      That’s wonderful. Thanks so much for trying our recipe! 🙂

  • Z 03/07/2018, 9:31 am

    Can I omit the orange zest or will it not taste the same?

    • admin 03/07/2018, 11:03 am

      You may just omit it. ??

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