Cranberry Orange Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread |

Happy New Year!  Are you all ready for a fantastic year?  I sure am!  I wanted the first recipe of the year to be really fabulous – something easy to make, full of flavor, and one you will go back to time and time again.  This cranberry orange loaf fits the bill and then some!  The tart cranberries paired with bright citrus is a beautiful thing.  And then there’s the glaze, oh that wonderful, drippy blood orange glaze…

So I made this over the weekend for brunch, and it was such a hit!  The secret ingredient in this loaf is the cream cheese.  It adds a wonderful texture to the bread, and although it’s dense, it’s definitely not heavy.  I tossed in a cup of cranberries which add just the right amount of tartness and really wake you up!  The orange zest was a given – the citrus is so beautiful right now, and I have a thing for blood oranges.  It is a fabulous bread on its own, but I had a feeling a little glaze would seal the deal.  I doused it with a blood orange glaze and then hit it with a little more zest, and let’s just say devoured would be an understatement!  I mean just look at that glaze, pooled in the middle and dripping down the sides…

Cranberry Orange Bread |

Brunch was great, blood orange mimosas were enjoyed by all, and I have a feeling I’ll be making this bread a few more times in the near future!  There’s also lots of talk about resolutions and goals this month, and I think your first one should be to make this bread – like tonight, maybe tomorrow, perhaps this weekend, or all of the above.  Now I think that’s a resolution we can all keep!   And just in case you need even more convincing, here you go!  Happy baking!

Cranberry Orange Bread |

Cranberry Orange Bread


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • zest of 2 oranges - I used blood oranges
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 3/4 cup AP flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • Orange Glaze
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed orange juice - I used blood oranges


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter, cream cheese, orange zest and sugar till light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in eggs and vanilla extract.
  4. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.
  5. Alternate adding dry ingredients with milk into batter, starting and ending with dries.
  6. Stir in cranberries.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes rotating once halfway through.
  8. Orange Glaze
  9. Whisk powdered sugar and orange juice together till there are no lumps.
  10. Spoon over cooled loaf and serve.


I used blood oranges in the recipe, but you can also use regular oranges. Cara cara oranges are really great too.

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34 Responses to “Cranberry Orange Bread”

  1. 1

    This is definitely the way to do brunch! That dripping glaze is so inviting :)

  2. 2
    NY Baker says:

    Hi – looks great… two questions: what size loaf pan, and is the pan to be greased and floured or just greased? Thanks.

  3. 3

    Yes, this should definitely be on my resolution list. Because…well, it’s the glaze.

  4. 4

    Yum! What a perfect bread! One of my favorite combos is orange and cranberries together!

  5. 5

    I like resolutions that involve me baking more :-) THis bread is killer looking!!!

  6. 6

    I’m a huge fan of the combo of orange and cranberry (just made scones myself). The inclusion of the cream cheese in the batter sounds wonderful!

  7. 7
    Steph says:

    Oh my gosh! This looks incredible

  8. 8

    This is amazing! Wow that glaze…it is beyond fabulous.

  9. 9
    SJP says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I made is yesterday and its delicious, like sunshine in your mouth. very good esp this bleak winter. It was rather brown on the top and sides though, could i bake it at a lower temperature for slightly longer to prevent the browning and hardening of the sides?

    • 9.1
      bblondie says:

      Thank you! Yes, you can definitely try baking it at 325 and see how that works for you. Also I have found that using a lighter color loaf pan produces a beautiful golden color. When I use dark colored pans, I have to adjust bake time and bake at a lower temp. Hope that helps!

  10. 10
    Liz says:

    What a gorgeous loaf, Meghan! I have two bags of cranberries in my freezer, and this looks like a perfect way to use up some of them. That drizzle is so pretty!!!

  11. 11

    Looks delicious!! I love baked goods with things like cream cheese and sour cream in the dough. It makes them so much more yummy!

  12. 12
    gghie says:

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  13. 13

    That looks so very good…wish I had a slice with my coffee right now :)

  14. 14
    Terra says:

    YUM!!! I think this is one of my favorite flavor combinations in sweet breads. It tastes so lovely together:-) Your bread looks wonderful, and that glaze OH MY! Hugs, Terra

  15. 15

    Cranberry Orange is one of my favorite quick breads! I love all that glaze!

  16. 16

    This is literally the most perfect-looking bread I have ever seen. Gorgeous! And I love the combo of cranberry and orange – will have to try this!

  17. 17

    This lovely bread is calling my name. Love the photos!!

  18. 18

    Meghan, Happy New Year to you and this entry is a grand one to begin it with! The flavor profiles along with your perfect execution inspires me to give it a run in my kitchen. Thank you for sharing this beauty.

  19. 19

    I love orange and cranberry together and your bread looks amazing! Way to start the new year Meghan!
    I hope you can bring it to my #bakeyourownbread monthly event

  20. 20

    Amazing!! Why are you not 700 pounds??

  21. 21

    This bread looks incredible, Meghan! I adore the cranberry and orange flavor combination…and the glaze just tops it off!!!

  22. 22

    Love the sound of this bread! The cranberry orange combo is one of my favorites!

  23. 23
    pam says:

    This is wonderful bread. I added a few walnuts. Just marvelous. And my 24 year old son thinks your pretty terrific, too!!!

  24. 24
    Eddie says:

    I just one to say Yummy! My partner and neighbors loved it..Kudos for this great recipe :)

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