Orange Cranberry [walnut] Bread {living outside the stacks}

For the Vaughn~Tucker Family, the holidays start when I bake the first loaf of Orange Cranberry [walnut] Bread. I started this tradition when the kids were little. My sister~in~law and my mother~in~law were the cookie bakers, so I needed to be able to do something that the kids would enjoy. Who knew it’d be bread?

Because I have some folks in my family who claim to hate nuts, I make two batches: one with nuts and one without. I have no real preference when it comes to walnuts or pecans, I’ve used both and they each lend a slightly different flavor to the bread. To me, the pecans make it a bit sweeter, while the walnuts make it a bit heartier.

So, as promised last week, here’s the recipe for Orange Cranberry [walnut] Bread:

Orange Cranberry [walnut] Bread {living outside the stacks}


  • 2 cups all~purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest {you can use a little more, sometimes I use the whole orange}
  • 1½ cups fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cups margarine, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cups orange juice {make sure it’s REAL orange juice or it’ll come out hard}

Mixing It Up

Orange Cranberry [walnut] Bread {living outside the stacks}

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the orange zest, cranberries, and walnuts {should you choose to use them}.
  2. In a separate bowl, cream together the margarine, sugar, and egg until it’s smooth. Stir in the orange juice. Beat in the flour mixture until just moistened. Check for clumps of flour. Pour into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 1 hour or until the bread pops back when lightly touched.


Orange Cranberry [walnut] Bread {living outside the stacks}

I enjoy my bread smeared with a bit of butter while it’s still warm. My kids eat it like cake. Let me know how you enjoy it.

Happy Eating,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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