This is a wonderful treat during the holidays! It just tastes 'Christmasy' and is a must with a cup of coffee or hot tea! I received it from a friend from the Northeast.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 loaf
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a loaf pan.

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  • In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar.

  • In a 1-cup (or larger) measuring cup combine juice and zest of the orange, butter and enough boiling water to reach 3/4 cup. Stir into flour mixture. Fold in egg, walnuts and cranberries. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool loaf in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • To make the icing combine confectioners' sugar, butter, orange juice and milk; add more milk if necessary so that the icing is thin and slightly runny. Drizzle over bread; allow icing to set before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

325 calories; protein 4.4g 9% DV; carbohydrates 52.5g 17% DV; fat 11.8g 18% DV; cholesterol 28.3mg 9% DV; sodium 235.7mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2006
This bread is great! I did make a few modifications though: I used whole wheat flour and brown sugar I used extra orange juice instead of adding water to the butter/orange zest/juice mixture and I added 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. I also didn't put the frosting on top. This is a great recipe. I'll be making it a lot in the future! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/06/2005
I found it awfully dry for my taste. Looked nice but ended up throwing most of it away. Read More
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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2006
This bread is great! I did make a few modifications though: I used whole wheat flour and brown sugar I used extra orange juice instead of adding water to the butter/orange zest/juice mixture and I added 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. I also didn't put the frosting on top. This is a great recipe. I'll be making it a lot in the future! Read More
(45)
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2006
A no fail recipe! Cranberry Nut Bread is my favorite holiday treat! I followed the recipe to the letter but made them in individual pans rather than one big one. They freeze beautifully and look and taste fresh when defrosted. They smell heavenly while baking. No fuss magic! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2003
Everyone loved this recipe! We couldn't wait to get it out of the oven it smelled so good! I substituted pecans for the walnuts we'll make this several times a year not just around the holidays! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/06/2005
I found it awfully dry for my taste. Looked nice but ended up throwing most of it away. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2005
This recipe is as fantastic as it is easy. I made it as gifts for Christmas and everyone raved and wanted the recipe. My husband calls it "crack in a pan." I made it without the frosting and did two small loaves per batch. They cooked in the same amount of time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2010
I only made a few adjustments (I always try to make a bit healthier): whole wheat flour 3/4 cup of dk brown sugar (I just prefer the taste) about 2 tablespoons of Smart Balance spread for the butter halved the cranberries added 1/2 tspn each of vanilla extract cinnamon and nutmeg and skipped the icing. I cooked it at 350 for 50 mins and it turned out pretty tasty. I did find it a little dry and I will try adding a small amount of nonfat yogurt to the batter next time in place of the butter. I'm going to make mini loaves for the kids to give their teachers for Christmas this year. 1 loaf should translate to 4 mini loaves. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2009
This recipe is Wonderful. I made it for a Christmas party and every one loved it. I did make a few of the modifications mentioned in the Review written November 25 2006. by Amanda Cornelius I used extra orange juice instead of adding water to the butter/orange juice mixture and I added 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. I left out the orange zest (I followed the recipe on everything else) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2010
Really good especially as a not too sweet dessert. I used frozen cranberries as fresh were not available. They worked just fine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2004
I made this for a pregnant neighbor who was craving cranberry walnut bread. It made everyone happy! Great recipe. Read More
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