Cranberry Bread with Orange Glaze Recipe.

Cranberry Bread with Orange Glaze Recipe

Cranberry Bread with Orange Glaze Recipe.

Cranberry Bread with Orange Glaze

Cranberry Bread with Orange Glaze

Laura MarianoLaura Mariano
Orange glazed cranberry bread is loaded with juicy cranberries with soft, moist crumbs. This stays wet for a few days after you make it, so it's perfect as a homemade Christmas gift.
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people (makes 1 loaf)
Calories 326 kcal


Orange Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp orange zest, reserved from the orange above
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice, or to reach desired consistency
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Cranberry Bread Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 large orange, divided
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 cup milk, room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


How to make cranberry and orange bread:

  • Preparation: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter 6 cups (8 1/2 in 4 1/2 loaf pan) then sprinkle with flour, extracting excess flour.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Sit aside.
  • In a measuring cup, mix the milk, peel of one orange (reserve 1 teaspoon of the glaze zest), and orange juice. Sit aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together butter and granulated sugar on medium/high speed (2-3 minutes on high speed). It will not be smooth, just combined. Beat two large eggs, stirring until well combined.
  • Add flour mixture into two parts, alternating with milk mixture and mixing on medium/low speed just until combined with each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spoon as needed.
  • Stir in the cranberries with 1/2 tablespoon of the flour, then fold into the mixture until blended. Spread the mixture into the pan you prepared and bake for 45-50 minutes at 350°F, until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let it cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes then run a cake releaser or knife around the edges and transfer the loaf to a wire rack to cool completely before glazing.

To make the glaze:

  • In a separate bowl, mix powdered sugar and orange juice with a teaspoon of zest. Stir until smooth. It should have an atomizer consistency. Add more orange juice to thin it out or add powdered sugar to make it thicker.
Keyword Cranberry Bread, Cranberry Orange Bread, Orange Cranberry Bread
Laura Mariano

Written by Laura Mariano

Laura Mariano is a food blogger who founded Recipes By to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Spain, Laura was inspired by exquisite dishes prepared using simple ingredients. Laura Mariano is particularly known for making anyone can cook.


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  1. 5 stars
    I couldn’t find fresh cranberries so I used the dried cranberries and soaked them in warm oj on the stove. I used the cranberry infused juice for the glaze. I also added in a little vanilla. This was the absolute best cranberry Orange bread recipe! Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe was a hit! My whole family loved it and we were able to enjoy it over the course of several days. This is really worth making!

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe came out amazing! The bread was super moist, flavorful, and not overly sweet. I’ve made it with and without the glaze, both are delicious. I use frozen cranberries and also triple the amount (~3 cups) for some extra tartness, which is perfect if you love cranberries!

  4. 5 stars
    Very good but I did add walnuts as I’d chopped them for another reason I’ve used becel instead of butter and added some blueberry I needed to use up. Glazed with orange juice and 1 tbsp granulated sugar…ran out of icing sugar

  5. 5 stars
    I made this in the fall and my husband LOVES IT! Problem, I can only find frozen cranberries. Do you think they will work? Any suggestions? Thanks . We loves your recipes!

  6. 5 stars
    Incredible recipe! My husband and I ate the whole loaf in one day! This Spring I want to try it with blueberries instead of cranberries, and lemon juice and zest instead of orange.

  7. 5 stars
    Made this yesterday to have for New Years breakfast…..soooo good!!! My husband wasn’t very excited about having it, but he ended up loving it as much as I did!! I accidentally bought a huge bag of fresh cranberries, so I froze the rest of them…when I make this again, would I thaw them or not? I know you say do not thaw frozen, but wasn’t sure if that was for the ones you buy frozen or that included fresh ones I froze…? Thanks so much for the recipe!!!

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