Make the dough for this Cranberry Orange Bread in your bread machine! Let the bread machine do all the mixing and kneading, then shape the dough into a loaf and bake it in your oven. This bread is loaded with cranberries, raisins, orange zest and nuts. Delicious.
If you’re looking for a delicious bread to make for the holiday season, this Cranberry Orange Bread has all the delicious flavours of Christmas: orange, cranberries, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. A perfect combination for the holidays!
About this recipe:
The dough for this Cranberry Orange Bread is made in a bread machine. Just let your bread maker do all the work of mixing and kneading, then you shape the dough and bake it (or you can bake it right in the bread machine pan). This bread is ready to enjoy in about 2 1/2 hours from start to finish.
Perfect for the holidays!
This Cranberry Orange Bread is a great recipe for breakfast or brunch during the holiday season! It’s wonderful as is with butter, or toasted, or even to make French toast with. The possibilities are endless.
Scoring the top:
Scoring the top of this bread loaf isn’t necessary, but it sure does look nice! I’m an NOT an expert on this by any means, and am still learning myself. I do know that you need a very sharp knife or bread lame to get the best cuts. And dust the top of the loaf with flour first, then make your designs. If you want to know more about this process, this is the guide from Make it Dough that I used, it’s a great resource.
#1 Shape into ball. Proof for 1 hour.
#2 Dust with flour then use a sharp knife or bread lame to score the top.
Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe Tips
- MILK AND BUTTER: Make sure the milk and butter are at room temperature. Cold ingredients do not stimulate yeast growth, so the dough won’t rise properly. Use 2% or whole milk, and regular salted butter.
- FLOUR: You can use all purpose flour or bread flour.
- YEAST: Use fresh Instant Yeast: also called Bread Machine Yeast and Rapid Rise Yeast.
- ORANGE: Use the zest from one large fresh orange.
- CRANBERRIES: I like to use a mixture of fresh and dried cranberries (this is a great recipe for using up leftover cranberries). You can use all dried if you prefer.
- NUTS: You can use chopped pecans or walnuts. Sometimes I like to add my chopped candied pecans.
- BAKING OPTIONS: You can either bake this bread right in the bread machine or shape the dough then bake it in your oven.
- STORAGE: Keep any leftovers in an airtight container, or cover them with plastic wrap.
- FREEZING: This bread freezes well. Just make sure to let the bread cool completely before freezing. I like to use a freezer bag.
- TIP! For best results don’t try to slice into the bread too soon after baking or you’ll squish it…ask me how I know.
This bread would be ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS with an orange glaze drizzled on top!
- 1/2 cup icing (powdered sugar)
- 1 tbsp orange juice
- 1/2 tsp orange zest
- Mix together the powdered sugar and orange juice, then stir in the orange zest. When the loaf is slightly cooled, drizzle on the glaze.
Have a delicious day!