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My Favorite Cranberry Nut Bread Recipe For the Beginner or the Pro.

Updated on November 28, 2017
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I love experimenting with various recipes. This one combines my mother's delicious cranberry recipe along with my gluten free tips.

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Oh, Mama, You're Going to Love This!

Grab your apron, or not, and get ready to fill the kitchen with the aroma of baked bread coming from the oven. Even if this is your first time making your own bread you've nothing to fear. This recipes is a cinch to follow. You're bound to be a rock star after your friends and family have a hearty slice of goodness made with your own two hands.

And for those who prefer extra sweetness I've included an easy recipe for icing. Now get ready to preheat the oven and let's begin.

Add Orange Juice to Cranberry Nut Bread

1/3 cup of orange juice added to the recipe gives a delectable taste to your cranberry nut bread.
1/3 cup of orange juice added to the recipe gives a delectable taste to your cranberry nut bread. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 large Orange, Grate Skin to Make zest
  • 2/3 cup Buttermilk, Low Fat
  • 6 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Melt and Cool Slightly
  • 1 large Egg, Beat Lightly
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt, I Use Himalayan Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 cups Cranberries, Chopped Course
  • 1/2 cup Pecans, Chopped Course

Pecans Are Good For the Heart

Pecans help reduce inflammation, and are a powerhouse of antioxidants.
Pecans help reduce inflammation, and are a powerhouse of antioxidants. | Source

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease bottom of 9 x 5 inch loaf pan or line pan with parchment or foil.
  3. Stir together orange juice, zest, buttermilk, butter, and egg in small bowl.
  4. Whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in large bowl.
  5. Stir liquid ingredients into dry mixture with a rubber spatula until just moistened.
  6. Gently stir in cranberries and pecans. Do not over mix.
  7. Scrape batter into loaf pan and spread with rubber spatula into corners of pan.
  8. Bake 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees; continue to bake until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean, about 45 minutes longer.
  9. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and cool at least 1 hour before serving.
  10. If using icing, glaze the loaf while still warm and let harden at room temperature.

Perfect Icing for Your Cranberry Nut Bread

Burnt Butter Icing

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tbsp milk

  • While the loaf is cooling heat the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat stirring the pan constantly until the butter is golden brown. This takes about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the butter to a bowl and whisk in the confectioners' sugar and milk.
  • Pour all of the icing over the cake and spread to cover.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour 5 min
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: Serves 8 people

Raw Cranberries Are Very Low in Saturated Fat

Select fresh or frozen cranberries.  Wash and drain before chopping in to smaller pieces.  Cranberries contain Vitamin E and Vitamin K, They are also a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Manganese.
Select fresh or frozen cranberries. Wash and drain before chopping in to smaller pieces. Cranberries contain Vitamin E and Vitamin K, They are also a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Manganese. | Source
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 195
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Saturated fat 06 g30%
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 32 g11%
Sugar 13 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 17 mg6%
Sodium 264 mg11%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Quick Instructions

Grains For Making Bread

Are you a bread lover? For thousands of years bread has been a major part of diets. Bread has been made from all kinds of grains such as:

  • Wheat
  • Rye
  • Corn
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Rice

Some of the most famous quotes and clichés are about bread:

  • "Our daily bread".
  • " Bread is the staff of life"
  • "The best thing since sliced bread".
  • We "break bread" when we get together with friends.
  • "Bread" is slang for money and was used for money in ancient Egypt where the people who worked on the pyramids were paid in bread.


Homemade Bread is the Best

Oh the smell of freshly baked bread hot out of the oven!
Oh the smell of freshly baked bread hot out of the oven! | Source

6 Super Benefits for Making Your Own Bread

Have you thought about the benefits of making bread? Most of us bake because we enjoy the process and the taste but there are other benefits as well:

  • You save money over time even though store bought bread can be cheaper.
  • Home made bread is healthier without preservatives and additives.
  • You know exactly what is in your bread.
  • If freshness is important to you it doesn't get any fresher than bread you make.
  • For those who can't tolerate gluten it's easy to make your own gluten-free bread.
  • Baking is a creative form of self-expression.

Conclusion

Cranberry nut bread is welcome any time of the year. It's especially popular during Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as New Years. Wrap it in saran wrap and add a festive bow to give as a gift.

There's a bit of a baker in all of us. Baking is a good way to reduce stress. When we are focusing on step-by-step specifics we aren't thinking about our troubles and having sad thoughts. Baking is also a wonderful way to get grounded.

Set aside some baking time every now and then and if you're a beginner in the baking department it may be hit-or-miss at first. But don't give up. Keep trying again and again because your reward will be well worth it.

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      oliversmum 4 years ago from australia

      vocalcoach Hi. We are doing ok,as we hope you are. Oliver is great,just had his summer clip,and he is pretty happy about that. Thank you for your kind words,they made my day. We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2014. :) :)

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      oliversmum - Hello, sweet lady from Australia. How have you been and how is Oliver? So nice to see you. Thanks for the nice comments on my hub. Glad you found it useful. Take care ~ Audrey

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      oliversmum 4 years ago from australia

      vocalcoach Hi. Your recipe sounds delicious and looks even better. We love pecans and cranberries, so will be trying it for sure. Thank you for the easy to follow instructions and photographs, also for sharing it with us. Thumbs up and very useful. :) :)

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello Mike - You'll be surprised at the good flavor cranberries add to a recipe like this. I add cranberries to my salads also. Thanks for being here!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Jools99 - I love fruit breads too, especially with nuts. I'm a true nut :) Thanks!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thanks Docmo - I know you'll enjoy this Cranberry Nut Bread!

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      Mike Robbers 5 years ago from London

      I love cranberries but I have never tried them in bread.. it must be really tasty! thanks for sharing this delicious hub , voted up and shared!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Sunshine625 - I'm still giggling over the Pillsbury Cranberry Bread Mix. Why? I once made my home made recipe as well as the Pillsbury Boxed and asked neighbors to pick the one they liked the best. The boxed won! Hahahaha.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Looks delish and I love fruit breads - the icing sugar drizzle will be a nice counterpoint to the tartness of the cranberries.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Looks absolutely delicious. Great recipe and easy to follow. I love cranberries and bread- so this is a no-brainer! thanks for sharing.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      My mom-in-law made the BEST cranberry bread at xmas time. I finally gathered up enough courage to ask her for the recipe. She was delighted to share. She walked over to the cupboard and tossed me a box of Pillsbury Cranberry Bread Mix in a box. Since I discovered her secret it was then my turn to make the bread. No more freebies for me. Haha! Your recipe looks just as delicious!!!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Silver Poet - Thank you for your positive and uplifting comments. And thanks for liking the alternate recipe too.

      mysterious - Glad you find this recipe delcious and thanks for coming by.

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      Silver Poet 6 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      What a beautiful bread! Colorful and healthful. I liked that you included an alternate recipe for folks who have food sensitivities.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Amy - Good for you! Make it for yourself - to heck with anyone else. :) Thanks again for coming by.

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      amybradley 6 years ago

      The best thing food wise I think to ever enter into winters, is the winter fruit the cranberry. So, good for you and tastes so good too. Again, thanks for the recipe here too I'll hope that the picky men folk will eat some but don't really believe they will. Wish so much they would like healthier foods, but they just don't but I'm not going to be made to suffer for this. A.B.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      carrie, so pleased to hear that this recipe turned out great. I hope you are doing better. You are constantly in my prayers. Love you!

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      carrie450 7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      I wanted you to know that I tried out this recipe for the New Year and it turned out delicious and moist just as you said vocalcoach. Thanks

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Micky - What makes you so sweet? What gives you such talent? Where did you find such compassion? Who passed on to you so much talent? Did you invent humor? Are you superman? Well...you are my very own hero!!!!

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      sofs - You will love this recipe. I promise. :-) Thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      PaperNotes - Ha...Ha! No comparison between the two! :-)

      Thanks.

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      I am eating bread while reading your hub and wish it were a cranberry nut bread I was eating!

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      chspublish - I know you will enjoy this recipe. I, too love cranberries and wish I knew how to grow them. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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      chspublish 7 years ago from Ireland

      Lovley recipe. I love cranberries. Can't wait to try this very seasonal bread.

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      carrie450 7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      This loaf looks absolutely delicious vocalcoach. I'm going to try it out, thanks

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      sofs 7 years ago

      Delicious, should try them, thank you for sharing. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      DjBryle - Thanks for the comment - just loved it! Enjoy!

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      DjBryle 7 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      Just looking at it makes me hungry! Gotta rush at the kitchen and try it! lol! Thanks for sharing this very tasteful hub! God bless!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      I'm too lazy to make it but I'm too eager to try it! If you make it - we will eat it! God bless you Dear vocalcoach!

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      tony! - Thanks so much and enjoy life. Life is good! Your friend, Audrey

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      These look just wonderful!

      Thanks for sharing them. Bookmarked!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      epigramman - oooooooooo - cinnamon coffee cake, so good. And for the price, yes, you are indeed a very good shopper. I am beginning to feel much better, especially today. A very good day. Came very close to being "Maria" today. Thank you, dear friend and oh so talented man for your well wishes. Life is good!

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      rpalulis - Great to see you here! Thanks a bunch and have a good one. Much obliged for the rating. :-)

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Two thumbs up and voted way up. This looks delicious.

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      ....well my mouth always waters and my mind wanders when I receive your life affirming comments - and funny as they say about life too - On the way home - I work night shift and must retire to my coffin before daybreak - lol lol - I stopped in at the all night grocery store and bought the most delicious Cinnamon Coffee Cake with caramel and spice for $3.99 - you would be proud of me - I must be a good shopper for bargains - lol - and now I see this fabulous recipe for Cranberry Nut Bread - yum yum ....... How are you feeling these days?

      Send me a letter if you can and please let me know!!!!!

      I am writing to you here from the wind swept lake of Erie and wishing you well!

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Amber - It is my pleasure and my joy to share a few recipes. And I am thrilled that you will try the burnt butter icing. It also works well with cinnimon rolls. I love trying new recipes myself. Thanks for your comments, Amber.

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      Amber Allen 7 years ago

      These are two great and very seasonal recipes. In my view cranberries and Christmas go together like peaches and cream! I've never seen the Burnt Butter Icing before and I think it will go well with several of my favorite recipes. Thank you for sharing these mouthwatering recipes with us.

      Amber:)

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear and beautiful friend, Prasetio30. I hope all is going well in your life, for you deserve all that is good. It is a pleasure and honor to know you and to be a friend. I wish I could send you some of these recipes. I would make them just for you. Peace and love.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      You made me hungry, my friend. I liked your recipes. It sound delicious and I believe from my heart. Thank you very much. ~prasetio

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Fiddleman - Yes, a person certainly can't try them all and still stay within a healthy weight. Darn it! Always a pleasure to share with you Fiddleman.

      Hello, Hello - If you decide to try this sometime, let me know how it turns out for you. Thanks for your feedback and have a fun and delightful day!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      That sounds great and it definitely a must try. Thank you

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      Fiddleman 7 years ago

      This is a must try. So many great recipes on here, I think I'm gaining weight just reading. Thanks for sharing.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Kaie - This was my first try also and I must say it was absolutely delicious. I add a few more cranberries than the recipe calls for because they are so healthy. Let me know how yours turns out.

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      Kaie Arwen 7 years ago

      This sounds fantastic! I love cranberries, but have admittedly never used them in baking. I think I'll try this ~ Kaie

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      breakfastpop - The best comment you could write! Thanks, breakfastpop.

      thoughtforce - Sometimes I substitute blueberries instead of cranberries and add a touch of cinnimon.

      Thank you thoughforce.

      Hi Carrie450 - I hope you do try it, it really is easy and quick to make. Thanks.

      myster!ous - Come on by and your plate will be ready! :-)

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      My mouth is watering!

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      Christina Lornemark 7 years ago from Sweden

      Looks good and probably tastes really good too. I like the thought of adding some colour to the bread! Thanks for sharing!

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      carrie450 7 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      This recipe looks absolutely delicious. I may try it out, thanks

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      myster!ous 7 years ago

      delicious!!! can I have some??