One of my all-time favorite holiday desserts is so easy to make! My orange cranberry bread recipe is full of plump, tart and juicy cranberries and flavored with lots of fresh orange zest. Plus, I glaze the cranberry loaf with a simple orange glaze! The bread is extra moist and tender, thanks to a Greek yogurt batter! You’ll love everything about this easy cranberry dessert!
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This orange cranberry bread is incredibly soft, moist and flavorful! I love the texture of the crumb and all the flavors! It’s made with a Greek yogurt-based batter. The yogurt, together with the melted butter, help keep the bread extra tender!
Simply combine the yogurt, melted butter, lemon juice, vanilla, eggs and sugar in a big mixing bowl. Whisk the ingredients together for a few minutes until the eggs are well beaten. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt. Sift in the dry ingredients, then mix into the batter just until the flour is incorporated. Do not overmix the dry ingredients – this can cause the batter to become thick and gummy.
All the Orange & Cranberry Flavor
You’ll love the intense and incredible flavor of orange and cranberries in this loaf recipe! To add the maximum orange flavor, I add the zest of 1 large orange. Fresh orange zest is super aromatic and it’s going to make this cranberry loaf so delicious! You can also use orange juice instead of lemon juice and add orange oil for more flavor.
For the cranberries, I prefer to use fresh berries. You can use frozen berries, but allow them to thaw first and drain off any excess liquids. If you’re in a pinch and have no fresh cranberries, dried cranberries can also be used. First, measure out about 1 cup of dried cranberries and place them into a mixing bowl. Pour hot water over the dried berries and let them stand for about 30 minutes, until they’re soft. Drain off the water and use the berries for the batter.
Baking the Bread Loaf
Once you have the simple batter ready to go, it’s time to bake this orange cranberry loaf! Make sure to preheat the oven first! I line an 8-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and spray the sides with a baking spray. You can also butter and flour the pan.
Transfer the batter into the prepared pan, then bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If you want even more cranberries, add a few berries onto the top before baking! Once the loaf is done baking, remove it from the pan and cool on a wire rack.
Easy Orange Glaze
This cranberry bread is so delicious all on its own but even better with a simple orange glaze! This easy glaze comes together in minutes and it’s made with fresh orange juice and orange zest. I like to juice the orange I used for the orange zest earlier into a large bowl, then I add the confectioner’s sugar and orange zest. Feel free to add more sugar or more juice to get it to the consistency you like.
Spoon the glaze over the semi-cooled orange cranberry loaf. I usually let mine cool for at least 30 minutes before adding the glaze, otherwise the heat just melts the glaze.
Enjoyed this easy and delicious cranberry dessert? Check out some of my other recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
- Lemon Blueberry Bread: I use the same delicious batter for this loaf, just with blueberries and lemon! So delicious!
- Orange Cranberry Cake: this decadent holiday cake is made with cranberry orange cake layers and homemade cranberry sauce!
- Cranberry Cheesecake: another one of my holiday favorites! This creamy cheesecake is dotted with tart cranberries, plus a beautiful cranberry swirl topping!
- Apple Cranberry Piroshki: I love these Russian hand pies filled with sweet apples and tart cranberries! These are a childhood favorite of mine!
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