This cranberry bread is a Christmas tradition in our family. I learned this bread from my mother-in-law. She always uses the recipe from Ocean Spray that is printed on the back of the bag of cranberries. One year she bought an off brand that didn’t have the cranberry bread recipe, and she was devastated. She never forgets to buy Ocean Spray now. Here I have adapted their recipe just by changing the type of fat that is used from shortening to vegetable or olive oil. My mother-in-law uses vegetable, I use olive oil, and just a touch more than the original recipe so it is extra moist and flavorful.
She bakes this bread every year on Christmas eve, so that it is ready for Christmas morning. I went ahead and made it early this year, because it is so good. I will make it again on Christmas eve for our Christmas morning this year too. The orange juice and zest in this bread compliment the cranberries very nicely. The fresh cranberries are very tart and refreshing, while the bread is very sweet. We love to eat this bread with eggs and bacon on Christmas morning.
Adapted from Ocean Spray’s Classic Cranberry Nut Bread.
Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread Recipe
1/4 cup vegetable or olive oil
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup orange juice
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/2 cup walnuts
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped cranberries.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine egg, oil, sugar and orange juice. Whisk well. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add to bowl and whisk until just combined. Add orange zest , cranberries and walnuts. Fold in ingredients.
2. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until golden brown. Bread is done when toothpick is inserted in the middle of the loaf and it comes out clean. Let cool and wrap in saran wrap overnight before serving.