Cranberry Nut Bread

This cranberry nut bread is packed full of fresh tart cranberries and crunchy almonds. Eat fresh, toasted or freeze for an easy breakfast.

Cranberry Nut Bread by Nutmeg Nanny
I realize that you may be thinking to yourself “wait…I thought she hated nuts???” Well you are right I still dislike most nuts BUT I don’t mind almonds. So that means officially I can and will eat:
Pecans (as long as it’s not a pecan pie….I don’t think I could handle that)

So since this recipe originally called for pecans or walnuts I had to switch things around. Since there was a bag of sliced almonds in the freezer I threw in a couple handfuls of them to give the bread the little crunch it needed. I also opted to use fresh cranberries instead of dried. I think the fresh added a tartness that I personally found super delicious.

How can you hate sweet and tart? I know I don’t! My favorite way to eat this bread is toasted with butter although it’s fantastic plain. You want to know another great thing about this bread? It freezes perfectly. That is important to me. Sometimes baked goods overflow out of my kitchen and it’s important for me to freeze them before they go to waste. My plan is to make a bunch of these little loaves, package them up and give them to family members along with the limoncello I made. Editable gifts are the best!

Cranberry Nut Bread by Nutmeg Nanny


Cranberry Nut Bread

This cranberry nut bread is packed full of fresh tart cranberries and crunchy almonds. Eat fresh, toasted or freeze for an easy breakfast.

Yield: 1 large loaf

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 80 minutes


  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries, cut in half
  • 3 oz chopped nuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, sugar, salt, soda and set aside.

Combine egg, orange juice, water and butter and stir into dry ingredients until only moistened. Stir in berries and nuts.

Bake in greased loaf pan for 60-70 minutes. This recipe will also make 2-3 mini loaves (depending on pan size) and should be baked 35 to 40 minutes.

24 Responses to “Cranberry Nut Bread”

  1. #
    Dorothy — November 20, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Your family members should be feeling lucky! They get a cranberry bread AND some homemade Limoncello? Where can I sign up? 😛

  2. #
    Nicole — November 20, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Oo, sounds like a winning combination for Christmas breakfast… a slice of this bread and a nip of limoncello :). A merry Christmas, indeed!

  3. #
    jenn — November 20, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I love the holidays. I need to start stocking up on cranberries ASAP! A lot of my fav ingredients and dishes are available during this time.

  4. #
    grace — November 20, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    cranberries make such gorgeous gems of color in a loaf of bread. this is a terrific fall treat!

  5. #
    karen — November 20, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I don’t do nuts unless in butter form … but I bet my guys would love this so I may have to make it anyway 🙂

  6. #
    Faith — November 20, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    This looks like a great edible gift! 😉 It’s such a gorgeous bread with the little cranberry gems. I also like to freeze baked goods (especially muffins), since I’m the only one in the house who eats them, lol!

  7. #
    Jen — November 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I love that you used fresh cranberries – sweet and tart = delicious!

  8. #
    Barbara — November 20, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Almonds are my favorite nut too. The bread looks wonderful!

  9. #
    Rebecca — November 20, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    this bread looks wonderful great color

  10. #
    donna — November 20, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    The bread is so pretty. What a lovely gift it will be.

  11. #
    Emily — November 21, 2009 at 3:21 am

    This bread looks AMAZING. It photographs beautifully!

  12. #
    Mimi — November 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I think we could be sisters… cranberry bread and limoncello for family right?
    Your bread looks yummy.

  13. #
    sarah — November 21, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    ooooh homemade limoncello, my favorite!!! I also love lamponcello. ( raspberry infused vodka) Ok now I need some, maybe should wait a few hours until after 12. 🙂

  14. #
    Reeni — November 21, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    I bet this is scrumptious with the fresh berries! They look so juicy and I bet they help keep the bread moist. It’s the perfect bread to give as gifts alongside the limoncello.

  15. #
    Liz@HoosierHomemade — November 22, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Cranberry bread is one of our favorites! That’s a great idea to cut the cranberries in half, I usually chop mine in the processor, and although it tastes great, the bread looks kinda purple.
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  16. #
    Veronica — November 23, 2009 at 12:31 am

    I’m jealous of your nut hatred. Hating nuts would definitely help keep my weight down, but unfortunately I love them. Especially cashews. I can eat a pound of them in a day if they’re within arm’s reach. I’ve done it. Seriously. ANYWAY, your bread looks fantastic–I love cranberry bread, especially when there’s some orange in there. It’s good to know this freezes well–that’s important to me too. I’m a bakeaholic and my freezer is always stuffed with products of my addiction. 🙂

  17. #
    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is — November 23, 2009 at 11:09 am

    This is one of the most beautiful loaves I’ve seen!

  18. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — November 23, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Looks very pretty! Usually I have seen cranberry nut bread made with pecans or walnuts, but I like the idea to use almonds. Sounds delicious!

  19. #
    Cakelaw — November 25, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    This looks delicious!! I’d have to use dried cranberries (because Lord knows where they’d sell fresh ones here), but this is bookmarked!!

  20. #
    Sophie — November 29, 2009 at 10:18 am

    MMMMMMMMM,…I so love this festive bread!

    I love all of your yummie flavours!


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