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Cranberry Bread

Updated on November 12, 2014

A B Cranberry Delicious!

Our senses of taste and smell are always tantalized during the holidays! Special recipes are shared to spread cheer, goodwill, and gratitude . The recipe I want to share is called "ABC Bread" featuring bright red, juicy, fresh cranberries. You'll have to read below to find out why it is called "ABC"! But there is more to it than just a loaf of bread ~ find out why! I hope you enjoy this recipe and information on beautiful cranberries.

Photo credits thanks to Public Domain Pictures

The LORD is my strength

and my shield;

my heart trusts in him,

and I am helped.

My heart leaps for joy

and I will give thanks

to him in song!

Psalm 28:7

Cranberries at the First US Thanksgiving

Cranberries at the First  US Thanksgiving
Cranberries at the First US Thanksgiving

ABC Holiday Bread

Almonds, Bananas, & Cranberries ~ The ABC ingredients!


1 cup of chopped almonds (walnuts are good, too)

2 cups of soft mashed bananas

3/4 cup fresh cranberries, chopped

*combined with 1/4 cup orange sections, sliced in small pieces

*fresh is best, but dried ones work great, too, except it will be dryer

1 cup dark brown sugar (pack tightly)

1/2 cup soft butter

2 large eggs

5 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 large and 2 small mixing bowls

Anchor Hocking 10-Piece Mixing Bowl Set with Kitchen Gadges and Kitchen Tools
Anchor Hocking 10-Piece Mixing Bowl Set with Kitchen Gadges and Kitchen Tools
This beautiful glass set from Anchor Hocking includes 10 bowls ranging in size from 1 ounce to 3.5 quart, a metal whisk, a 5 piece measuring cup set, a 4 piece spatula set, and a serving spoon. The dishwasher safe set comes with a 1 year warranty. Great for making bread and many other delightful goodies!


~ First, turn your oven on to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

~ Combine the brown sugar and butter in the large mixing bowl until smooth.

~ Gently whisk the eggs separately in a tiny bowl before pouring into the creamed butter and blending.

~ In the third bowl, thoroughly mix the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

~ After placing the flour mixture into the wet mixture, stir well. This will be a very dry mixture, but it becomes more moist after adding the fruit. I have sometimes added extra orange juice to make it more moist.

~ The almonds, mashed bananas, and orange-cranberries should be mixed rapidly after adding.

~ Pour into loaf or cake pans and set in the preheated oven. This batch will make two regular size loaves.

~ Bake for approximately 45-55 minutes.

~ Test for doneness by inserting a fork in the middle of each loaf. When it comes out clean, voila!

~ Carefully take out and cool. Don't forget to turn off your oven. :D

~ The bread is extra delicious warmed in the toaster or oven with butter!

These lovely little loafs will taste delicious on your holiday tables, but how else could this recipe be used?

We remember to first give thanks to the LORD for the gifts He gives us. So, during this season, let's also show gratitude to the ones we love ~ our families, friends, co-workers, teachers, and neighbors.

This ABC Cranberry Bread makes wonderful gifts to show how much you are thankful!

Bake several loafs either in regular size or in mini sized loaf pans. Wrap them with aluminum foil and decorate for gift giving that will truly be appreciated.

How can I decorate them to give a fall theme? It's as easy as ABC! Lots of beautiful ribbons in fall colors are a start! Add a sprig of a fall plant like the plastic ones you can inexpensively find at a craft store. Tie on an apple or cranberry, fall colored leaves, or other fall sprigs with your ribbon. Perhaps tie on an ornament as an early Christmas present.

Add a homemade fall gift tag with words of thanks to the person. Personalize it with a poem or note to them. List what you are specifically thankful to them for whether it is a certain event or time, if it is the everyday things they do, or just being someone who is special in your life.


Share your gratitude gift with a great big hug and tons of love!

A is for Almonds

B is for Bananas

C is for Cranberries

D is for Delicious

E is for Enjoyment

F is for Family & Friends

G is for Giving Gratitude

H is for Happy Holiday

I is for Inexpressible

J is for Joy

K is for Kiss

L is for Love

M is for Mom

N is for Native Americans

O is for Orchard

P is for Pilgrims

Q is for Quill

R is for Relax

S is for Squash

T is for Thanks

U is for You

V is for Visitors

W is for Welcome

X is for Xtra Special

Y is for Yearly

Z is for Ze End!

Enter his gates with thanksgiving

and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him

and praise his name.

For the LORD is good,

and his love endures forever;

his faithfulness continues

through all generations.

Psalm 100:4-5


What is your favorite way to enjoy cranberries?

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Wild Thymes Cranberry Apple Walnut Cranberry Sauce
Wild Thymes Cranberry Apple Walnut Cranberry Sauce
Try this delicious sauce on your baked bread, with your meat platters, or as a side dish!
Bissinger's Dark Chocolate-Covered Cranberries
Bissinger's Dark Chocolate-Covered Cranberries
One pound dark chocolate covered cranberries ~ do I need to say more? You deserve it after taking the quiz!

Let us come before him

with thanksgiving

and extol him

with music and song.

Psalm 95:2

Cranberry Cooking for All Seasons
Cranberry Cooking for All Seasons
If you love cranberries and are looking for new ways to prepare them, try this book with 125 tasty recipes for main dishes, side dishes, desserts, beverages, and more. Read also about the history and nutritional value of the cranberry, and view lovely photos of them.
Cast your vote for Printable Recipe

Wishing you a blessed holiday season!

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    • boutiqueshops profile image


      6 years ago from Corpus Christi, Texas

      Yum - Interesting combinations. Bananas with cranberries. I've got to try this bread! Thanks!

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      Julianne Gentile 

      9 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      I've never had cranberry bread. This sounds fantastic! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      9 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks for this wonderful recipe. I can't wait to bake some of this cranberry bread. Yum!

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      orange3 lm 

      9 years ago

      Looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

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      9 years ago

      Great lens, I love cranberries!

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      10 years ago

      Cranberry bread is something new for me and I failed badly with your quiz so I think the only solution is to make it! That shouldn't be too hard and it sounds delicious.

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      10 years ago

      great lens! i'm gonna ask my mom to make this! plz check out my lens!

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      10 years ago

      A yummy lens, I love cranberries in pretty much anything! - Kathy

    • blessedmomto7 profile image


      10 years ago

      Yum, perhaps I will have to make some of this cranberry bread. I remember that it was delicious.

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      10 years ago

      This cranberry bread is awesome. I remember when you made some for my mom.

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      rewards4life info 

      10 years ago

      I really like cranberries, as they are very healthy! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Pamela.

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      Jimmie Quick 

      10 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I wouldn't have thought to combine the strong flavors of cranberries with banana. Hmmm... I'm sure the banana makes for a very moist bread, though.

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      stacy mcdaniel 

      10 years ago

      Looks Yummy! I love Cranberries:-)

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @TreasuresBrenda: Thank you, Brenda! That is a great page for tasty recipes!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      10 years ago from Canada

      Hi, Pamela ~ I'm adding your lens to Culinary Favorites From A to Z under C is for Cranberries. Thanks!

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      10 years ago

      Great lens! Angel Blessings :)

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      momto4 lm 

      10 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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      Rhonda Albom 

      11 years ago from New Zealand

      Well done Pamela.

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      11 years ago

      I know Cranberries are beautiful ! Happy Thanksgiving

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      11 years ago

      This sounds really yummy, 5 stars!! This page is pretty!

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      [in reply to Carol] It will be coming your way, my dear friend!

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      Bemused in Tasm 

      11 years ago

      Nice lens! I've lensrolled it and will try making it soon Cheers!

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      oztoo lm 

      11 years ago

      Your recipe sounds great. Nice lens.

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      11 years ago from Chicago area

      Sounds yummy and festive.

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      11 years ago

      I am hoping for some of that ABC Cranberry Bread this Christmas my friend!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      11 years ago from United States

      You got me when you added bananas! I will have to try this recipe! Thanks


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