This delicious cranberry bread was adapted from one of our favorite Thanksgiving storybooks, Cranberrry Thanksgiving. We continue to make it throughout the holiday season and are often nibbling a slice as we open our Christmas gifts. (And by the way, it also makes a great gift for teachers, neighbors or to bring to holiday parties.)

Ingredients for Cranberry Bread

  • 2 C flour
  • 1.25 C sugar
  • 1.5 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 C butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 t grated orange peel
  • 3/4 C orange juice
  • 1.5 C coarsely chopped cranberries
  • 1.5 C whole cranberries
  • 1 – 2 t. raw sugar


Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda into a large bowl.

Cut the butter into the flour mixture until it is crumbly.

Add egg, orange peel and orange juice then stir just until the mixture holds together.

Fold in the coarsely chopped cranberries followed by the whole cranberries.

Spoon the batter into one 9″ x 5″ or two 8″ x 4″ greased bread pans and sprinkle the top with 1 – 2 teaspoons of raw sugar. Bake at 350° for one hour to one hour and 10 minutes. Rotate the pan(s) when the bread has been baking for 30 minutes. Bread is finished when the crust is golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.