Delicious Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe for Breakfast Time

Let me tell you a little secret, there is nothing quite like the aroma of freshly baked bread in your kitchen. And, if you are anything like me, you’ll enjoy making homemade bread that is full of flavors and textures. Today, I am excited to share a recipe for Cranberry Orange Bread that is not only mouth-watering but also incredibly easy to make using a bread machine.

This bread recipe features the irresistible combination of dried cranberries and orange zest, which together create a perfectly sweet-tart flavor profile. The best part of this recipe is that it uses fast-rising yeast, which means you don’t have to wait for the dough to rise before baking it. Trust me; once you take your first bite, you’ll be hooked!

With just a few simple steps, this recipe yields a delicious artisan bread with a crispy outer crust and fluffy interior. Whether you’re looking for breakfast or brunch treats, quick snacks or dinner rolls, this Cranberry Orange Bread recipe will undoubtedly become one of your favorites.

So what are you waiting for? Pull out your bread machine, and let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cranberry Orange Bread (Bread Machine)
Cranberry Orange Bread (Bread Machine)

Listen up folks, because I’m about to tell you why this recipe for Cranberry Orange Bread (Bread Machine) is the best thing that’s ever happened to bread since sliced bread itself!

First off, let’s talk about the flavor explosion that happens when you bite into a slice of this phenomenal bread. It’s a combination of sweet and tangy, with the perfect balance of juicy cranberries and zesty orange flavors. Trust me when I say that your taste buds will be doing a happy dance with every bite.

But that’s not all. This recipe is also incredibly easy to make thanks to the mighty bread machine. No more kneading or waiting for dough to rise – just throw all of the ingredients into the machine and press start. Within a few hours, you’ll have a freshly baked loaf of homemade bread that will absolutely knock your socks off.

And don’t even get me started on the versatility of this recipe. You can make it as a family-sized loaf, or as several mini loaves for individual servings. You can add in chopped nuts for extra crunch, or swap out the dried cranberries for fresh ones when they’re in season. The possibilities are endless, and trust me – every single variation will be just as scrumptious as the original.

So if you want to experience the best bread you’ve ever tasted in your life, then go ahead and give this Cranberry Orange Bread recipe a try. Your taste buds will thank you for it!

Ingredient List

 Sweet and tart flavors come together in this Cranberry Orange Bread!
Sweet and tart flavors come together in this Cranberry Orange Bread!

Let’s dive into the ingredients needed to make this delicious cranberry orange bread.

Here’s a list of everything you’ll need:

| Quantity | Ingredient |
| :——: | ———- |
| 2 teaspoons | bread machine yeast (fast-rising yeast can be substituted) |
| 3 cups | all-purpose flour |
| 1 cup | bread flour |
| 1 teaspoon | salt |
| 1/4 cup | sugar |
| 1/4 cup | skim milk powder |
| 1/2 cup | water |
| 1/2 cup | orange juice |
| 2 tablespoons | butter, melted |
| 1/3 cup | orange marmalade |
| 1 cup | dried cranberries |

Note: Some people substitute plain yogurt for the skim milk powder and water. If you prefer doing so, use the same quantity of plain yogurt and add enough water to reach a total of one-half cup.

Make sure you check your pantry to ensure that you have all the ingredients prior to starting.

The Recipe How-To

 Prepping the bread machine has never been easier!
Prepping the bread machine has never been easier!

Let’s break down the steps needed to make this delightful Cranberry Orange Bread using a bread machine! Trust me, once you start, you won’t be able to stop.

Step 1: Add Ingredients to Bread Machine Pan

First things first, add all ingredients to the bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. This would typically mean starting with all wet ingredients like the water, orange juice, and orange marmalade.

Step 2: Layer the Dry Ingredients

In another bowl, combine all-purpose flour, bread flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and yeast together. Be sure to layer them in that order so liquids don’t touch yeast until the machine starts to mix them.

Step 3: Run the Bread Machine

Next up, it’s time to put your bread machine to work. Set your machine on your desired setting (the basic or white setting will do) and press start.

Step 4: Add Dried Cranberries

Some machines have a fruit and nut dispenser which simplifies adding dried cranberries into the dough as it mixes up. If yours doesn’t have that function, watch for the dough cycle beep and add 1/2 cup of dried cranberries then.

Step 5: Check Consistency of Dough

Keep an eye on the mixture during the process to ensure consistent texture is achieved. The dough should follow a ball-like pattern as it gets mixed together.

Step 6: Remove from Bread Machine Pan

At long last, it’s time to take out that beautiful loaf of Cranberry Orange Bread. Do this immediately after baking and let it cool so that moisture can circulate around it without cooling effect being lost.

There you have it — follow these simple steps and you’ll be enjoying your own homemade loaf of sweet and tangy Cranberry Orange Bread in no time!

Substitutions and Variations

 Your kitchen will smell amazing as the bread bakes in the machine.
Your kitchen will smell amazing as the bread bakes in the machine.

Let’s face it, sometimes we just don’t have all the ingredients on hand, or perhaps we want to switch things up a bit to suit our taste preferences. When it comes to the Cranberry Orange Bread recipe, there is plenty of room for substitutions and variations that can make this already delicious bread even better!

Firstly, if you don’t have dried cranberries on hand, feel free to use fresh cranberries or even frozen ones. Just remember that fresh cranberries are typically more tart than their dried counterparts, so you may need to adjust the sugar levels accordingly.

If you’re in a hurry and don’t have bread machine yeast, you can use fast-rising yeast instead. This will speed up the proofing process and get your bread into the oven even quicker!

For those with gluten sensitivities, swap out the all-purpose flour for gluten-free flour blends. You may need to adjust the amount of liquid in the recipe accordingly, so be sure to read the instructions thoroughly.

Vegans can also enjoy this tasty loaf by swapping out butter for vegan margarine or coconut oil, and using non-dairy milk powder instead of skim milk powder. Substitute yogurt with cup plain non-dairy yogurt.

For those with a sweet tooth, consider adding a splash of maple syrup or honey to the mixture for an extra layer of flavor. You could also try adding nuts such as walnuts or pecans for an added crunch.

Finally, why not try making mini loaf cakes instead of one large loaf? This is perfect for portion control and makes an ideal gift for friends and family.

Remember, recipe variations are all about making it your own! Get creative and experiment with different flavors until you find something that suits your taste buds perfectly.

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for a cozy treat on a chilly day.
Perfect for a cozy treat on a chilly day.

Now let’s talk about the main event, serving and pairing this cranberry orange bread. Once the bread has cooled, it’s ready to be sliced and enjoyed.

The combination of tangy cranberries and sweet orange flavors in this bread make it a perfect choice for breakfast or brunch. Serve it warm with butter or cream cheese spread on top. Pair it with a cup of hot tea or coffee for extra comfort.

If you’re looking for a festive dessert, slice the bread and serve it with a dollop of whipped cream on top. The creamy texture compliments well with the moistness of the bread.

As for pairing, try making French toast out of this bread to add a twist to your usual breakfast. It’s also an excellent companion to holiday meals like Thanksgiving or Christmas brunch, where sweetness is appreciated. As for drinks, you can never go wrong with some sparkling wine or champagne.

This bread usually pairs well with fruit jams or jellies, especially if you’re serving it as part of a breakfast menu. You can also use it in sandwiches, where its tangy-sweet flavor works well with meats, cheeses, and other bread complements.

Overall, this bread is versatile in serving, whether it be a side dish or a dessert. The possibilities are endless; feel free to experiment!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This bread is so moist and fluffy, you won't be able to resist!
This bread is so moist and fluffy, you won’t be able to resist!

Good news, my friends! You can easily make this cranberry orange bread ahead of time and store it properly for later consumption. Simply wrap the bread tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil while still warm and let it cool down to room temperature on your kitchen counter.

Once cooled down, you can refrigerate the bread for up to five days. If you desire to keep it longer, you can freeze the bread instead for up to three months. Just make sure to double wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil before placing it in the freezer.

To reheat the bread, remove it from the fridge or freezer and let it thaw out in its wrapping for several hours at room temperature. Once completely defrosted, unwrap the bread and pop it into a preheated oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes until warmed through.

Alternatively, you can also slice the bread and toast them lightly in a toaster or on a hot grill with butter. Trust me, the combination of toasted cranberry orange bread with melted butter is absolutely irresistible!

Now that you know how to store and reheat this delightful treat, there’s no excuse not to make a big batch and have plenty of cranberry orange slices on hand whenever you crave them. And as an added bonus, you can keep some mini loafs wrapped nicely as a quick homemade gift that will surely impress your loved ones!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The bright colors of the cranberries and oranges make this bread visually appealing.
The bright colors of the cranberries and oranges make this bread visually appealing.

Hey there, baking lovers! As a baker myself, I know that even the slightest mistake can make your beautiful baked goods turn out flat or dry. I want to make sure that your cranberry orange bread comes out perfectly every time you bake it. Here are a few tips to guarantee success in every loaf.

First things first, always measure your ingredients accurately. Baking is like chemistry, and even small differences in the amounts of ingredients can affect the final taste and texture of your bread. So, please use a good measuring scale or cups and spoons for accurate measurements.

Secondly, when adding dried cranberries to the dough, make sure to toss them in a little bit of flour before adding them. That will prevent them from sinking to the bottom of your loaf as it bakes.

Thirdly, it’s important to know that bread machine yeast and fast-rising yeast are not interchangeable. Make sure you are using the correct type of yeast for this recipe.

Fourthly, if you don’t have a bread machine or if you prefer to knead by hand, you can still make this recipe using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment or by elbow grease.

Fifthly, feel free to experiment with different flours and sweeteners. You can substitute all-purpose flour for bread flour or use honey instead of sugar for more natural sweetness.

Sixthly, avoid overmixing the dough in the bread machine as it can make the bread tough and dry.

Seventhly, let the bread cool down completely before slicing it. This will give it time to set properly and ensure that it doesn’t crumble apart when you cut into it.

Lastly, store your cranberry orange bread at room temperature for up to four days or in the freezer for up to three months. If you’re reheating already sliced-up pieces, I recommend popping them into your toaster for ultimate convenience.

I hope these tips help you create the perfect cranberry orange loaf every time. Now go forth and bake some sweet magic!

Bottom Line

So, there you have it – my mouth-watering recipe for Cranberry Orange Bread that is sure to please everyone’s taste buds. The recipe ingredients not only make the bread deliciously moist and flavorful but also healthy enough to enjoy it without any guilt. With this recipe, you’ll enjoy the tangy sweetness of cranberries and oranges that will leave you craving for more.

Whether you’re an experienced baker or just starting out with your bread-making journey, this bread recipe is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings. It’s versatile, easy-to-make, and perfect for any occasion. You can customize the recipe by making substitutions and variations to suit your taste buds.

So why not give it a try? Not only will you impress your family and friends with your baking skills but also indulge in the irresistible aroma of freshly baked bread. I guarantee that once you try this cranberry orange bread recipe, you’ll never want to settle for anything less.

In conclusion, I hope that my comprehensive guide has made it easier for you to bake the perfect cranberry orange bread in no time. Happy baking!

Cranberry Orange Bread (Bread Machine)

Cranberry Orange Bread (Bread Machine) Recipe

Do not substitute cranberry juice cocktail, cranberry drink, or cranberry juice drink. Use only 100% unsweetened cranberry juice
No ratings yet
Print Pin
Course: Bakery
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 4 Hours, Bread Machine, Breads, Small Appliance, Yeast
Prep Time: 14 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Calories: 236.6kcal


1 1/2 pound loaf

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cranberry juice (100% juice)
  • 1/4 cup skim milk powder
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter (room temperature)
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour or 2 3/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast or 1 3/4 teaspoons fast rising yeast
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries


  • Measure all ingredients except cranberries into baking pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Insert pan into the oven chamber.
  • Select Sweet Cycle; press start.
  • Add cranberries at the "add ingredient" signal.
  • When the baking cycle ends, immediately remove the bread from the pan and place it on a rack.
  • Let cool to room temperature before slicing.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 102g | Calories: 236.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 5.7g | Fat: 3.4g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 481mg | Fiber: 1.9g | Sugar: 11.7g

Recommended Recipes Just For You