Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread

May  6, 2014
4 Ratings
  • Makes 1 loaf
Author Notes

Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread. A great quick bread full of roasted walnuts and tart cranberries enhanced by the flavor of orange zest and juice. Adapted from Gourmet October 1991. —Fork Vs Spoon - Mallory

What You'll Need
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1+1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, diced and chilled
  • 1 Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 3/4 cup Fresh Orange Juice
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/3 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1+1/2 cups Fresh Cranberries, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup Roasted Walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup Confectioner's Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Grated Orange Zest
  • 2-4 tablespoons Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup Roasted Walnuts, roughly chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9x5in loaf pan with parchment paper so that a little bit hangs out over the edges. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Cut cold diced butter into flour mixture until it is pea sized and resembles coarse meal. Set aside.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the zest of 1 orange, 3/4 Cup of orange juice, eggs, sour cream, and vanilla.
  4. Pour wet ingredients over flour/butter mixture and mix just until it is combined. Do not overmix.
  5. Fold in cranberries and 1/2 cup roughly chopped roasted walnuts.
  6. Pour patter into prepared loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for about 60 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack for about 15 minutes before removing from pan and letting it cool completely on wire rack.
  7. Once cool, whisk together powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest, and 1/4 cup roughly chopped roasted walnuts. Add orange juice tablespoon by tablespoon until desired thickness is reached (thick syrup). Place a piece of parchment paper under wire rack and slowly pour glaze over the loaf of bread. (trick: to set glaze fast, place glazed bread under heated broiler for 20 to 30 seconds - remove and let cool before slicing)
  8. Keep at room temperature in an airtight container.

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2 Reviews

Iona S. December 22, 2020
Love this recipe it’s a Christmas staple!
JD B. December 16, 2018
Just finished making 24 of this wonderful Christmas bread to give friends & neighbors. Of course, like everyone else, I tweaked a wee bit with the recipe, but it's a great recipe and one I'll probably do again next year. Wish I could post everyone a picture of these lavish breads all lined up ready to be wrapped and delivered. Merry Christmas Mallory and thanks!