Cranberry Orange Bread

This Cranberry Orange Bread is easy to make and has a bright refreshing flavor thanks to orange zest and tart cranberries. Perfect for brunch or snacking on

Some of my favorite bread recipes are these sweet, no yeast quick breads. The ones with fruity flavors are especially yummy, like this cranberry orange bread, Glazed Blueberry Bread, or Lemon Zucchini Bread!

Slices of Cranberry Orange Bread

Quick and Easy Holiday Bread

I have a little secret to tell you….sometimes I really like it when it turns cold and snows because it puts me in the baking mood!! I love to bake up all sorts of cookies, bars, and quick bread.

I love making quick bread because they are well…..quick! And this Cranberry Orange Bread is a perfect way to use up some of those leftover cranberries you may have from the holidays.

Do you know what else I really love?? Smearing butter and leftover cranberry sauce over a slice of this bread. Or turn it into French toast for a delicious breakfast/brunch. My kids love that!

Ingredients for cranberry orange bread recipe

Orange Cranberry Bread Ingredients

  • Flour– just regular all-purpose flour for this loaf. I haven’t tested using whole wheat flour.
  • Sugar– I am using all white sugar in this recipe. I haven’t tried substituting with brown sugar.
  • Baking Soda– this is the leaving agent to help the bread rise. Make sure your box isn’t outdated before you get started!
  • Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Salt– these all add flavor to the bread. Yes, salt adds flavor and is actually very important in baking!
  • Buttermilk– this is what keeps the bread moist and I feel necessary so, please no substitutions!
  • Orange zest– use the zest of 1 large orange to give the bread a nice bright orange flavor.
  • Orange juice– I squeeze the juice from the orange we zested to also add more orange flavor to the bread. You only need ¼ of a cup but save the rest to make the glaze for the top of the bread.
  • Egg– this helps hold the bread together.
  • Fresh cranberries– I love the tart punch fresh cranberries give this bread. You can also use frozen. Just add them straight to the batter without thawing or it will discolor the bread.

Cranberry Orange Quick Bread batter in a bowl

How to make Cranberry Orange Bread

This bread is easier to make than you think. Just follow these steps, and you’re set!

PAN PREP. Prepare a loaf pan by either spraying with non-stick spray or lining with parchment paper. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

DRY INGREDIENTS. Mix all your dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.

WET INGREDIENTS. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients then add them to the bowl of dry ingredients. Add the cranberries and mix just until combined.

BAKE. Pour into prepared loaf pan and add a few extra cranberries on top if desired. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Once it’s done baking, you’ll let it cool slightly, make the glaze and then pour it on top.

Moist cranberry orange bread ready to be baked

Tips and tricks about quick bread

It doesn’t get much easier than making quick bread and it’s a great place to start if you’re new to bread making. However, there are a few tips and tricks you should know so you can have the perfect loaf:

  • Don’t overmix the batter! Overmixing can cause large holes and tunnels in the loaf. It can also make the bread tough.
  • If there is a large crack down the center don’t worry! You haven’t done anything wrong and they are very common in quick bread.
  • Also, sometimes your bread may look done on the outside and still doughy/raw in the middle. Be sure to check the temperature of your oven. Sometimes ovens can run too hot and this will cook the outside too fast.
  • You may also want to tent a piece of tinfoil over the top of the bread ¾ of the way through cooking to prevent the top from burning.
  • To store any leftover quick bread, place it in a plastic bag, seal, and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • To freeze, wrap the bread (either in a loaf or as individual slices) tightly in heavy foil or place them in freezer bags, and freeze for up to 3 months.

Close up of cranberry orange bread loaf

For more of our favorite quick bread recipes, try:

Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe

5 from 8 votes
This Cranberry Orange Bread is easy to make and has a bright refreshing flavor thanks to orange zest and tart cranberries. Perfect for brunch or snacking on!
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 311 kcal
Author Lil' Luna



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • zest of 1 large orange
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup melted butter or a neutral cooking oil
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cranberries

Orange Glaze



  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x5 inch loaf pan with a parchment paper sling or spray with non-stick spray; set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and orange zest.
  • In a separate bowl combine the buttermilk, melted butter, orange juice, egg, and vanilla. Pour into the dry ingredients and add the cranberries. Mix just until combined.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake for 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. You may need to tent the bread with foil ¾ of the way through cooking to prevent the top from over-browning. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes before removing from the pan then cool completely before glazing.

Orange Glaze

  • In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar and orange juice. Drizzle over the top of the bread.

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  1. 5 stars
    making the main meal is so difficult on weekend because they always want something new and this site is my hack lol thanks for making different recipes i can copy lol ?

  2. 5 stars
    wow such an amazing recipe i completely loved it . me and my girl had a fight of xnas eve and i have made it for her on xmas morning and she loved it. thank you

  3. 5 stars
    I love quick breads. This one is especially flavorful with the combinaTion of cranberries and oranges. So yummy!