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Bread Machine Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe

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!

a sliced loaf of Cranberry Orange Bread sits on a baking sheet

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.

a sliced loaf of Cranberry Orange Bread sits on a baking sheet

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.

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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.

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#1 Shape into ball. Proof for 1 hour.

a top down image of an unbaked loaf of Cranberry Orange Bread sitting on a baking sheet

#2 Dust with flour then use a sharp knife or bread lame to score the top.

a top down image of a loaf of Cranberry Orange Bread sitting on a baking sheet

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.

Flavour Option:

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.
a sliced loaf of Cranberry Orange Bread sits on a baking sheet

Enjoy!

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Bread Machine Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe

a sliced loaf of Cranberry Orange Bread sits on a baking sheet

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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.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Bread Machine and Proofing Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Bread Machine

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup milk (2% or whole milk)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp soft butter
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh cranberries
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Instructions

  1. Put all of the ingredients, except the zest, cranberries, raisins and nuts, into the bread machine in the order listed above.
  2. While you wait for the ‘Fruit and Nut’ signal, prepare the additions: chop the cranberries and nuts, zest the orange…

Baking the loaf in the bread machine:

  1. If you are baking the bread right in the bread machine choose the ‘Sweet Bread’ setting.
  2. Then add the raisins and fruit at the ‘Fruit and Nut’ signal.
  3. Let it bake!

Making dough, then baking in your oven:

  1. If you wish to bake the bread in your oven, choose the ‘Dough’ setting.
  2. If you have a ‘Fruit and Nut’ signal in the dough cycle add the zest, cranberries, raisins and nuts.
  3. But, if you don’t have a ‘Fruit and Nut’ signal, you can knead them in after. So once the bread dough is ready, remove it from the bread machine, and on a lightly floured surface, knead in the raisins and fruit.
  4. Shape the dough into a large ball.
  5. Place the ball of dough on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Now let the dough rise before baking. To do this, turn on your oven for 1 minute at 200 degrees F, then immediately shut it off.
  7. Then place the dough in the oven and let it rise until it doubles in size (about 1 hour).
  8. After this time, remove the dough from the oven, then preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  9. Score the top of the loaf if you wish (you don’t have to do this).
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes. When it’s done, the bread loaf will sound hollow when you tap the top, and the top should be golden brown.
  11. Let cool on a wire rack.
  12. Slice into individual slices and enjoy!

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  1. This is a fantastic bread, I use the dough cycle and bake it in the oven. Mine takes about 38 minutes to bake. I’ve made a round loaf and a French bread shaped loaf, putting an icing glaze on it is super tasty, too!