Fresh Cranberry Bread

Cranberries, beautiful little crimson red cranberries! They’re fresh in the market right now and I’m stocking up on them to use in some great recipes that have been featured in many cooking magazines this season.  I have an old perennial cherished family recipe that I cannot be without for the holidays, but I’m also anxious to try a lot of new recipes this year too.  Gotta stay fresh and on top of things!

So to share with you, here is one of my absolutely favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas family recipes.  I bake batches and batches of this Cranberry Bread that our family just devours.  They freeze beautifully and make wonderful gifts for friends, family, and neighbors (especially nice to give as gifts to folks who pop by with those surprise visits with a holiday gift in hand, and you’re standing there thinking, “Oh my gosh, I need to reciprocate with something nice in return!”  Well this little bread is the answer to your situation.  Plus, it’s so nice to know that something as delicious as fresh cranberries have such strong health benefits as well!  These little red gems are packed with powerful antioxidants and cooking does NOT destroy their benefits!

So dig in, enjoy, and feel good about it all at the same time!

Fresh Cranberry Bread

What You Need:

  • 1 cup fresh, sliced cranberries
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups chopped walnuts
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup whole or 2% milk
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Crisco/shortening


  • Wash and slice the cranberries (can be sliced in a food processor).
  • Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Stir in cranberries and nuts.
  • Beat eggs with a beater.
  • Add the beaten eggs to the milk, butter and vanilla.
  • In the center of the dry mixture, make a hole or well into which you pour in the egg mixture.
  • Blend together until all of the dry ingredients are moistened.
  • Spread Crisco/shortening on all sides and bottom of small and mini bread loaf pans.
  • Pour the mixture into greased loaf pans.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes or until golden brown on top, until a cake tester/knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let stand and cool in pans for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from pans and allow to cool on wire racks.
  • Decadent when spread with softened butter and sprinkled with sugar.
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  1. We don’ have cranberries here :(
    Can I replace them for another fruit in this recipe ? Which one would be better ?

    Have a beautiful week, Roz !!!!!

  2. That cranberry bread looks heavenly..

  3. Oh Roz your bread looks absolutely fabulous! I love cranberries but never tried making bread with fresh ones. I’m definitely going to give them a try.

  4. What a gorgeous bread. When I read the title I thought it was Cranberry Corn bread- ha ha! That could be good too :-)

  5. Now that is gorgeous…just look at all of those beautiful cranberries studded throughout the bread. Perfect fall bread, I’m going to have to try this soon :)

  6. Cranberries and walnuts together sound great in this!

  7. Roz,
    Your cranberry bread looks fabulous.

  8. I adore Cranberry Bread. I make some without nuts and some with. One thing they all get is lots and lots of cranberries… Yum

    Claudia – you can use dried apricots (soak first)..

  9. What a gorgeous bread studded with all those delicious cranberries! I wish I had a slice!

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  12. What a beautiful loaf of bread! I am going to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  13. wow, isn’t this a beautiful bread. would be perfect for the holidays and to give away as gifts.

  14. I left a little sunshine on my blog for you !


  15. What a gorgeou loaf of bread! And so perfect for fall – yum!

  16. This bread is so beautiful studded with cranberries! How festive!

  17. That is so interesting Roz that cooking does not ruin their health benefits. I need to bake with cranberries more often!!

  18. I love cranberry bread! Yummy! Hey, Roz, you can find my recipe for every blog post at the very bottom. Unless you are receiving my posts via feedburner… then you have to JUMP to my site. The goulash is there– and why can’t I find your email address? Arrrrrrrrrgh!
    Let me know if you find the recipe…just keep scrolling.

  19. Your cranberry bread sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

  20. These would make good muffins also. Love, love, love cranberries. They are so pricey though.

  21. What a festive bread! I love the beautiful color in each slice! And did you say this confection is healthy!! yum… I will be looking forward to you next culinary creation with cranberries, I love them but not really sure what to do with them.

  22. Oh! And thank you so much for adding me to your side bar! You are too sweet!

  23. This recipe looks fabulous and yes
    I have the printer going! I always love anything cranberry. I didn’t make it on board today but hopefull will be back next week!

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