Cranberry Bread: Quick Bread Recipe

Welcome to Day 9 of our Thanksgiving Countdown! We are only about a week away from Thanksgiving, so today I’m sharing my Grandmother’s Cranberry Bread Recipe! When I think of Thanksgiving, I always think about the huge feasts that my Mom prepared and the house full of family and laughter that went along with it. And of course, she always made this Cranberry Bread to add to the Thanksgiving Dessert table…oh yes, we had a whole table for dessert!

One of my very favorite things to bake is quick bread! This recipe is super easy, goes together in a snap and makes four mini loaves, enough to share with the neighbors…if you don’t eat it all first!

I typically use frozen cranberries, but this time I had some fresh on hand from decorating the Hoosier cabinet and sharing how to set up a buffet. The taste of the bread was still delicious, in fact, it tasted the same, but the color was more vibrant with the fresh cranberries.

Cranberries can be tough to find other times of the year, so I always stock up when they are out during the holidays and freeze them. That way we can enjoy this Cranberry Bread even during the Summer when we are longing for a taste of the holidays.

Giving this Cranberry Bread as a gift is also very popular with our friends and neighbors. Here I added some brown craft around the bread and tied it with a twine. A couple years ago, I shared another gifting idea in our Homemade for the Holidays series.

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My grandmother's recipe for Cranberry Bread. Recipe from
Serves: 1 large loaf or 3-4 mini loaves
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 cups Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Soda
  • 1½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • ½ cup Orange Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons Hot Water
  • ½ cups Nuts, chopped finely
  • 1½ cups Cranberries, chopped finely (fresh or frozen **see Note)
  1. Sift and set aside: flour, sugar, salt, soda and baking powder.
  2. In large bowl, slightly beat egg, add juice and butter, mix.
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix well.
  4. Chop cranberries and nuts in food processor.
  5. Add water, nuts and cranberries to the mixture with a spatula. As with all quick breads, don’t over mix, just combine ingredients.
  6. Spray small loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 min for small and 60 min for large. Or until a toothpick comes out clean.
If you find cranberries on sale, you can freeze them whole then use them for the bread later. When you are ready to use them, just chop them while frozen, it's better to have a little moisture from the frozen berries. It's kind of loud, but works just fine.

Looking for more Quick Breads to make for Thanksgiving? I have several you may like, including this Pumpkin Bread!

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  1. Cathy O says:

    Made this for Thanksgiving and it is a new keeper for me! Super easy to make and tastes great. Made a 9″ loaf. I am thinking I will also make smaller loaves for Christmas gifts. Thank you sharing this recipe.

  2. Dina says:

    sounds yummy!
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  3. Cheryl says:

    What kind of nuts did you use?

  4. I stock up on fresh cranberries, too! I can’t wait to try this bread. Thanks for sharing.
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