Can you believe Thanksgiving is already around the corner? Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year and even though it’ll be a small gathering for us this year, I am definitely looking forward to a little down time (I saved time grocery shopping with my Walmart+ membership!) and of course, all the food!! Desserts are always my favorite part so I’m excited to share one of my favorite recipes that is incredibly easy and a guaranteed crowd pleaser: cranberry orange quick bread. No yeast or fancy baking skills are needed, and the bread always turns out moist, flavorful, and perfect for entertaining!
When the pandemic hit, one of our favorite things to do together was bake bread! I think we’ve made banana bread no less than 2 dozen times but now that the holidays are here, I’ve transitioned our banana bread routine to cranberry orange bread — my kids had forgotten how much they loved this recipe from years’ past and declared it the best bread ever when I made it just the other day!
The secret to this mouthwatering bread is definitely the cinnamon streusel topping as it provides a crispy, sweet crunch that balances perfectly with the subtly tart yet soft bread. Fresh cranberries combine with orange zest to provide that zing of flavor. Our first batch of cranberry orange bread didn’t last more than 12 hours, so be warned that everyone will likely be asking for seconds!
The ingredients are actually super simple, and I was able to order everything I needed thanks to Walmart+. I was surprised to see that Walmart even had the more specialty items on my list such as gluten-free baking flour (Dylan has a slight gluten allergy), coconut sugar, and organic produce. Seriously, I had no reason to shop anywhere else, especially when it was all delivered for free to my door!
I’ve had my Walmart+ membership for a few months now and I can honestly say that it’s been a lifesaver on so many occasions when I’ve needed last-minute groceries. I get the same everyday low prices that I love from shopping at Walmart with the added benefit of FREE delivery (only $35 minimum, restrictions apply)! The Walmart+ membership literally pays for itself after two deliveries each month (based on the $7.95 delivery fee) and you cannot beat the convenience of being able to buy everything from groceries to last-minute gifts!
At only $12.95/month or $98/year, having the Walmart+ membership gives me so much time back in my day. Plus, it’s one less thing to stress about after I’ve already spent the majority of the day juggling work and kids! These days I just keep a running grocery list on the Walmart app on my phone and click checkout whenever I’m ready. It could not be any easier — I get to enjoy spending less time in stores and more time with my family!
I broke down the recipe below and even though the list looks long, it’s actually quite simple once you try it. And of course, the bread is 100% worth it!
Cranberry Orange Quick Bread Recipe
Cranberry Orange Quick Bread Recipe
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or 1-1 gluten-free flour
- 2 tablespoon granulated sugar brown or coconut sugar also ok
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 Tablespoon unsalted butter must be cold
- 2 cup all-purpose flour or 1-1 gluten-free flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg at room temperature
- 1/2 cup brown or coconut sugar
- 1 cup buttermilk at room temperature
- 1/3 cup olive oil or melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- 1 cup cranberries fresh or frozen (do not thaw)
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use a non-stick Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use a non-stick 9 x 5 bread loaf.
Make the streusel
- Whisk the flour, sugar, and cinnamon together in a medium bowl.
- Cut in the cold butter with a pastry cutter or a fork until mixture resembles pea-size crumbs.
- Be sure to keep the streusel cold so that it doesn't later melt into the bread (chill in fridge if needed!).
Make the bread
- Have 2 bowls -- one for dry ingredients, one for wet.
- In the dry bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl.
- In the wet bowl, whisk the egg, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until combined. Whisk in the buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and orange zest.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, then whisk to completely combine. Avoid over-mixing.
- Fold in the cranberries and nuts (if using).
- Pour the batter into bread loaf pan. Top evenly with streusel crumbles, evenly covering the bread.
- Bake the bread for 45 minutes to 1 hour (mine takes exactly 50 minutes), until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
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Enjoy and let me know if you try the recipe!
Do you have a quick bread recipe that you love making? Let me know in a comment below!
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Lisa Autumn says
Oh this looks so yum!
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Renata Feyen says
I love cranberries so I think this could be something for me – your kids seem to be happy with it 🙂
Kuntala Bhattacharya says
Interesting and am looking for baking suggestions. The recipe is cool to prepare for my son. I will definitely try it out.
Kathy Kenny Ngo says
I have never heard of this kind of bread cake. Very interesting and I wonder if it will be perfect with coffee.
CRANBERRY-ORANGE QUICK BREAD love this recipe so easy and look yummy.
Yum i need to try this! Im gluten free and it’s hard to find good baked good recipes. This looks amazing!
This looks so yummy! I love baking, especially this time of year so I will have to try this bread recipe next!
Morgan Klein says
My mouth is watering!!!!!!!! Looks so so good!
This bread sounds fully awesome. I love the cranberry and orange flavors. They’re the classic holiday combo. I’ll have to give this one a try.
What a great and delicious recipe, very nicely written and was easy to follow! Thanks for sharing
These look so delicious!! Love a good bread.
This bread looks so yummy! The perfect Thanksgiving snack!
Kelly Bolen says
I LOVE anything cranberry orange flavored! This looks and sounds amazing!!!
That is one of my favorite flavor combinations! I can’t wait to make this!
This bread looks and sounds delicious! I am such a sucker for anything cranberry flavored come the winter season and can’t wait to try this recipe!
This recipe looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing!
This looks delicious! Also, what a fun recipe to make with your family for the holidays. Yum!
You gotta love eating dem desserts on holidays.
Kathleen Cregg says
Yum! this recipe is PERFECT for the holidays!
Sarah Lindner says
The topping on the bread sold it for me….sounds so good! xoxo, Sarah
Melanie williams says
Oh my gosh this looks so amazing and very yummy. It looks like you all had so much fun making it too x
For as long as I can remember, my mom has made cranberry orange scones on Christmas morning, so these flavors are really nostalgic and happy for me. I love the sound of this quick bread – possibly more my speed. I’ll have to try it out!
Banana bread is a great standby, but when cranberries are in the store you have to take advantage! The pairing with orange sounds just perfect, I’m sure that loaf wouldn’t last more than a day in my house!
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Gervin Khan says
This looks so delicious and the texture makes it more enticing. Plus the ingredients are easy to find and the instruction is like counting 123.
Emily Fata says
Wow, this looks like such a delicious recipe to make for myself! I’ll for sure have to try it one of these days. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂
This looks so delicious! I would love to have cranberry orange quick bread with a hot cup of tea – it is indeed crowd pleaser! I am going to try this recipe.
Omg this looks so delicious and just perfect for the holidays!
Wow! never thought of this dish before. Great idea, thanks for putting this together.
This is a different dish. I love cranberry so I wonder how this would taste.
Ntensibe Edgar says
I think I will try making myself a tiny loaf! Looks very good….the cranberry!
Ah it looks delicious and I’m sure makes the house small amazing with its fragrance.
Tara Fuller says
this looks AMAZING! I’m such a fan of fruity dessert-type breads, especially with morning coffee. Definitely saving for later!
Marjie Mare says
Thanks for sharing this recipe. I am making it tomorrow for me and my girls for brunch.
This looks so delicious – sweet and tart!
Anna English says
This looks yummy and so easy to make!
Blair Villanueva says
Your dessert recipe looks delicious! Thanks for generously sharing how you made it 🙂
This bread looks sooooo yummy! I adore Bob’s Red Mill products and look forward to trying your recipe! Cheers.