Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread

It’s #SundaySupper time again and this week our theme is Helping Hands. Each participating food blogger is sharing a recipe for something that can be made to give to someone who might be going through a rough time…for whatever reason.

I’ve had times when someone has surprised my family and I with a casserole or some bread.  These kind gestures have always meant a lot to us and made us feel like someone truly cared.

Cranberry Orange Bread

Because I know how good it feels to be given a meal or baked goods like this, I try to also do this for others. I think that when someone is ill, experienced a loss in their family, or going through hard financial times, that these are the perfect times to lend a helping hand through food. Sometimes a pan of homemade macaroni and cheese or a pot of beans can help make things easier for someone.

And let’s not forget natural disasters, such as those that live in areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy. It’s been weeks since Hurricane Sandy hit the US, but there are so many families still trying to rebuild their lives.

My contribution to the Helping Hands Sunday Supper is Cranberry Orange Bread. I love to make quick breads because they are… well, quick! They are so easy to mix up and bake, plus they are easy to wrap and very portable.

Cranberry Orange Bread - wrapped for Christmas

Last year I stocked up on bags of cranberries that were just .25 cent a bag. I knew that I could freeze them for up to a year and that time is coming close, so I’ve been busy making various recipes with them. One such recipe is this Cranberry Orange Bread. This recipe also use orange marmalade, which I had leftover from making my Orange Spiced Roasted Chickpeas.

Cranberry Orange Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 8 servings


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 12 ounces whole cranberries


  1. Grease and flour a 9x5" or 8x4" loaf pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In large bowl, combine flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt. In medium bowl, mix together butter, egg, orange juice, and orange marmalade. Add wet mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring together until fully combined. Fold in cranberries.
  3. Pour/spoon batter in prepared loaf pan. Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 55-65 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes and then remove from pan and allow bread to fully cool on a cooking rack.


--If you prefer, cranberries can be cut into smaller pieces.

Cranberry Orange Bread

While I would love to bake some bread or bring a casserole to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, it’s not practical with being so far away. But one thing I can do is to help to support the rebuild efforts through donations. If you are able to help out, here are two organizations that could use your support:


Here’s a long list with links to all of the Helping Hands #SundaySupper recipes — I guarantee you’ll find something you’ll like and that would make a perfect meal or treat for someone in need. Take a peek and visit these bloggers and tell them I sent you:

Breakfast and Brunch:
Comforting Casseroles and Entrées:
Warming Soups and Sides:
Sweet Endings:
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Cranberry Orange Bread - wrapped for Christmas gift giving
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Brandie Valenzuela is a food blogger and writer at Home Cooking Memories. She lives in Las Vegas, NV where she enjoys cooking, baking, modern-day recipe keeping and making everyday memories with her family. She is known to have an extremely normal obsession with cupcake liners, ribbons and office supplies.


  1. Gorgeous, yummy bread! Perfect for Helping Hands!!!!

  2. A wonderful combination of cranberries and orange marmalade! This is a very interesting recipe and perfect to give out as a gift.

  3. This is such a great holiday bread! Who doesn’t love cranberries at the holidays?

  4. I hope that beautifully wrapped package has my address on it!

  5. Please send that package to me! What an absolutely gorgeous bread. So festive too.

  6. I made a version of this last week and it’s so delicious! What a great gift!

  7. This sounds so good. I love the cranberry and orange combination. Fantastic!

  8. Brandie,
    I absolutely LOVE this. there is something so therapeutic about baking and giving bread to people. . I feel like when I give a loaf of bread, people appreciate it more b/c it’s baked from the heart. For me, there is something so special about bread. I love this!!

  9. I will have to try and make that it looks so good!!

  10. Your bread looks delicious. And as Jersey girl, I have to thank everyone who is participating this week! Means so much to me.

  11. Oh everything is so beautiful here – the loaf, the wrapping, the photos! I feel so inspired :-)

  12. I love Cranberry Bread and your recipe sounds really easy and looks gorgeous!!Will be giving it a try soon :)

  13. This bread looks gorgeous. And it is a quick bread so I bet the girls would have patience enough to make it!

  14. Brandie, what a gorgeous bread! This would certainly brighten anyone’s day! I’m loving the easy ingredients too! I may just try this with the bag of dried cranberries that I got last week!

  15. I had some leftover cranberries I was trying to incorporate into a dish somehow and you just gave me the perfect idea. I’ll be making this bread this weekend. Thanks.

  16. Wonderful looking bread, and so festive!

  17. That bread looks beautiful! I haven’t made cranberry-orange bread in ages, but when I did, it was always for a neighbor as I knew it was his favorite.

  18. This is such a gorgeous loaf – I love the pop of the red colour. Cranberry and orange is the perfect flavour combination. Fabulous wrapping job too – I’d be thrilled to get a package of this for Christmas!

  19. Does this work as muffins too?

    • Hi Megan! Yes, you could use this for muffins. However, I would recommend giving the cranberries a course chop, so that they are smaller. You definitely don’t have to, but the cranberries burst while baking, so that’s what I would do if I made muffins with this recipe.

  20. It looks so good! I was just wondering if the cranberries would be too tart. It takes so much sugar to sweeten them.

  21. Thank you so much for this recipe! I’ve now made three loaves to give as gifts (and I’ll be making three more before the season’s done). I tried a piece of the first loaf and found it would benefit from halving the cranberries, so I’ve only been putting half a 12 oz. bag in each. This is a very easy and completely delicious recipe, and I can’t wait to see what my friends and family think!


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