Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Recipe

Make Pumpkin Bread Today

Nothing smells like a fall kitchen like the aroma of pumpkin cranberry bread! This recipe is a family favorite that we've been enjoying for over 10 years now. Its one of our traditional holiday baking recipes, but we like to enjoy it anytime of the year!

This recipe makes two generous loaves - one for you, and one to share with neighbors. We love pumpkin cranberry bread hot out of the oven, for breakfast with a bit of softened cream cheese, or even for a party appetizer. Two favorite autumn flavors are brought together: pumpkins and cranberries. A bit of pumpkin pie spice stirred in transforms an ordinary bread recipe into something extra special.

We love family baking! My oldest child has aspirations to be a chef. So, anytime we can get into the kitchen is a treat for us both. Pumpkin cranberry bread can be made without a mixer and has simple ingredients. It's a child-friendly recipe; little ones will enjoy helping you make these treats.

Why not stir up some yummy fall goodness today?

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread (image from Maggie Hoffman on Flickr)
Pumpkin Cranberry Bread (image from Maggie Hoffman on Flickr)

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Cook Time for Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
  • Yields: 2 loaves of bread (serves 12-18)

Ingredients and Directions for Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

Shopping for the ingredients for pumpkin cranberry bread should be pretty simple. Many of the staples may already be in your cabinets. If you stock up on extra pumpkin and dried cranberries, they will keep well in the pantry for months.

During the holiday baking season, canned pumpkin is often on special. Watch your newspapers and grocery aisles for sale prices.

  • 1 can (15 oz.) canned pumpkin (equivalent of 1 3/4 c.)
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 c. dried cranberries
  • 2 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 T. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9X5 loaf pans.

Stir together eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil in a medium bowl. Set aside. Combine all dry ingredients (except cranberries). Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture and combine well. Fold in dried cranberries.

Spoon mixture into prepared pans and bake for 55-60 minutes.

Remove from oven, allow to cool about 15 minutes, then use a butter knife to loosen the edges and turn upside down on a cooling rack.

Slice and enjoy!


This pumpkin should make a lot of bread! (c) Stephanie Hicks
This pumpkin should make a lot of bread! (c) Stephanie Hicks

Another Pumpkin Bread Recipe from the Food Network

Tips and Variations on Pumpkin Bread Recipes

Instead of making loaves of bread, you can make pumpkin cranberry muffins instead. I suggest making half of the regular recipe, then prepare your muffin tins as you would the loaf pans (or line with baking cups). Fill each cup 2/3 full, and bake at 350 for 23-25 minutes.

Why not replace the cranberries with coarsely chopped walnuts? Stir in 1/2 c. nuts instead - or even in addition to the fruit.

My kids love pumpkin chocolate chip bread too! We swap 3/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips in place of the dried cranberries. Trust me - you'll need extra napkins!

You can freeze your pumpkin bread loaf or pumpkin muffins, if desired. Simply wrap first in saran, then tightly in aluminum foil. Freeze up to 6 months.

Oh - one final tip! Pumpkin cranberry bread is a delicious treat for vegetarians, or those with peanut allergies. We love to put it out at Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas as a healthier alternative to cookies and pies.

If you love fall baking, harvest time is just perfect! Nothing beats the aroma of cinnamon and other spices filling the kitchen. Warm, delicious comfort food is just about an hour away!

Fall is a great time for pumpkins and baking! (c) Stephanie Hicks
Fall is a great time for pumpkins and baking! (c) Stephanie Hicks

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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA

Great recipe---thanks for sharing. Fall is my favorite time of the year! I love the gorgeous change of colors that evolve the smells of holiday recipes cooking, and family gatherings.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California

This sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing. I might just start a new family tradition in my house, with this recipe:-)

tDMg


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Oh, I cannot agree more! Fall is my favorite time of year. So much beauty - and yummy fall recipes. ;-)


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Kathryn,

Thanks! We are heading to the pumpkin patch tomorrow, but I just had to get a head start on our fall traditions today. :)


Amy : Printable Shopping Lists 7 years ago

Kathryn,

This sounds like so much fun. Thanks for taking the time to let me know about this. Looks like the best bread ever!


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amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

Yummy! Thanks for sharing this -can't wait to try it!


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Amy - thanks so much! I made 2 loaves this morning and the first one is almost gone (I was going to share the second, but my family may get to it before I can!)


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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Sounds like a great recipe , thanks for sharing it. creativeone59


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Nemingha 7 years ago

Sounds delicious!


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Nemingha, we are going to make more today - the family just devoured both loaves.


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elayne001 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I love pumpkin and cranberry - so mixing them in a lovely bread - I'm going to try it.


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hope you enjoy it elayne!


clint 7 years ago

Great recipe,I really enjoyed it "Good eating" Thanks for sharing


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Carmen Borthwick 7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

Sounds yummy, I'll have to give it a try!


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Carmen and Clint - I hope you enjoy making and especially eating the pumpkin cranberry bread!


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

it looks delicious. Do you have some more for me? Hmmm...Yummy. Thanks share your recipes.


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Lots to go around! LOL - and I have so many recipes here on HubPages... enjoy!


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akirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

Sounds delicious - and I am writing from Prineville - what a small world!!


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Prineville - wow! It is a small world. :)


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Putz Ballard 7 years ago

My wife is a baker am=nd th esmells that come from our kitchen are so lovely. I haven't ried this one but it sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

Robert Ballard


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hey Putz, I think home baking is the best! Cheers to you, Steph


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Oh Steph, this looks and sounds soooo good! I don't bake anymore but maybe somebody will make me one. Nuts in or out, I don't care.:)


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Shirley! I dare you to pull out your mixer and bowls again. You won't regret it. ;-)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Ha, Steph...I don't even have a mixer anymore! The last time that I made a cake for my grandson's birthday, I had to beat it by hand, thought my arm would fall off. :)


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stephhicks68 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

OK - well, that is still good news. You don't need a mixer. I actually make this recipe hand stirring (easier than a cake - LOL)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

You're not making it easy for me to keep my vow of baking chastity, are you? :)


ugg entry--classic,coved,mini.. 7 years ago

MY Mom only can cook Pumkin porridge,I'll suggest her trying this...


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karirosepink 6 years ago from Oregon

Sounds delish!! Thanks for sharing!


Jack O Lantern 6 years ago

Thanks for the awesome pumpkin recipe


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This sounds yummy and I hope to make this soon. I love cranberries and pumpkin so I am positive I will enjoy this.

The pictures of your children are adorable!

At this time of year I make chocolate zucchini bread. I bet your children would love it as much as mine do :)


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Susan, truly nothing heralds the arrival of fall like the smell of the pumpkin cranberry bread baking!

Chocolate zucchini bread sounds delicious! I'm hoping you've written a hub on it because I'm off to go look for it. Happy Baking, Steph


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I have some leftover cranberry sauce that I made for Christmas this year, which I froze. I think I may try it with your recipe for pumpkin cranberry bread. Do you think using the sauce rather than the dried cranberries would make it come out too moist?


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stephhicks68 2 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Susan, I would use 1/3 of the amount of cranberry. Let me know how it comes out


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Thanks Steph,

Will let you know. I hope to make this today.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Made it and it's delicious! Worked really well with the left over cranberry sauce. I used about 3/4's of a cup.


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Kathryn Stratford 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Awesome! I saw Susan's photo of this bread on Facebook, and the shared article, and had to check it out. I want to try this out sometime! I love anything with pumpkin, and this looks like a delicious combination of ingredients. Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day.

And Susan, thanks for sharing it on Facebook!

~ Kathryn


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Marcy Goodfleisch 2 years ago from Planet Earth

Yum! I love pumpkin bread, and I love cranberry bread - looks like I can't lose with this one!


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chef-de-jour 2 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

Fascinating recipe, thank you.

This bread isn't so common in the UK but looks simply delicious. I mean to give this a try sooner rather than later!! I like to use fresh ingredients so may have to wait for the season to circle round.

Votes for the pumpkin bread, so healthy.

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