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Orange Glazed Dried Cranberry Loaf

The classic flavors of cranberry and orange come together in this flavorful quick bread recipe. Using dried cranberries makes this a loaf you can bake and enjoy year round.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Orange Glazed Dried Cranberry Loaf
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
cooling and icing 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 280kcal
Author Cathy



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsps baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, room temp
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tbsps butter, melted
  • 2 tbsps hot water
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Orange Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2-3 tbsps fresh orange juice, plus more if needed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp orange zest to sprinkle on top (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, salt, and ginger in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • In a smaller bowl whisk together egg, milk and vanilla extract. Mix in the butter and water a little at a time to prevent the warm ingredients from cooking the egg.
  • Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients, just until moistened.
  • Fold dried cranberries and chopped nuts into the batter until incorporated.
  • Bake for 55 or 60 minutes, until a toothpick comes back clean when poked in the center of the bread. Cover the top with foil for the last 10 minutes if the bread is getting too brown.
  • Cool in the loaf pan for 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
  • Make the icing when the cranberry loaf is completely cooled. (The icing sets up quickly).
  • Gradually stir the powdered sugar, orange juice and vanilla, adding more orange juice if needed, until it reaches the right consistency for a glaze.  
  • Spread the orange glaze on the cranberry loaf. (Note: this also makes a tasty topping for each slice).
  • Sprinkle orange zest on top before the icing sets, optional.


Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg