Cranberries are a staple Thanksgiving food; nearly 80 million pounds of the tart fruit are consumed on this day alone! But having the same cranberry dish year after year can get tiring. I don't know about you, but I'm not the biggest fan of a cylinder of sour jelly jiggling around on a plate.

A few years ago, my grandma made the switch from cranberry sauce to this delicious cranberry bread, made sweet and a little crunchy with orange zest and walnuts, and I decided that this year it was time for me to try my hand at this family favorite.

Cranberry Walnut Bread

  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:55 mins
  • Total Time:1 hr 5 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries chopped
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  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350° and line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper.

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  • Step 2

    In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

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  • Step 3

    Whisk until well combined.

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  • Step 4

    In a smaller bowl, whisk together egg, melted butter, orange juice and zest, and almond extract.

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  • Step 5

    Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix until batter is consistent.

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  • Step 6

    Take a dry pan and toast walnuts over low heat. This will bring out their flavor and also keep them crisp when they are baked into the bread.

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  • Step 7

    Add toasted walnuts and chopped cranberries to batter and stir until fully combined.

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  • Step 8

    Pour batter into loaf pan and place in preheated oven.

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  • Step 9

    Bake for 55 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean and the top of the bread is golden brown.

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  • Step 10

    Allow bread to cool before slicing and serving.

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My favorite way to eat this bread is warmed up with a pat of butter spread over the slice, but if someone decides that the Thanksgiving table just isn't complete without the classic cranberry sauce, a little spoonful would complement this baked treat rather nicely.