Cranberry-Orange Quick Bread Recipe

Cranberry-Orange Quick Bread
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 35 mins, plus 50 mins baking time and 1 hr cooling time | Makes: 1 (9-inch) loaf

In my family, this bread is enjoyed on Christmas morning with a cup of coffee amidst a flurry of wrapping paper. The tart cranberries and bright orange flavor cut the sweetness. This also makes a great dessert.

This recipe was featured as part of our story on The Last Kodachrome Christmas.

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 1 medium orange
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from about 2 medium oranges)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick), melted and cooled slightly, plus more for coating the pan
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberries, thawed if frozen and sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with butter; set aside.
  2. Place the flour, sugar, orange zest, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl and whisk to aerate and break up any lumps. Add the orange juice, melted butter, egg, and vanilla and stir with a spoon or rubber spatula until just combined. Stir in the cranberries and nuts, if using, until evenly distributed.
  3. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan, pushing it into the corners and smoothing the top. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes, then turn the bread out onto the rack and cool completely.