Pumpkin-Cranberry-Orange Gingerbread Loaf

Packed with all the flavors of Thanksgiving and Christmas, this will be a great addition to your holiday fare. Pumpkin, pecans, orange, cranberry, and of course ginger, all blend together for a tasty treat for the holidays, but so yummy you'll want it anytime of the year. Also great as muffins.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
1 9x5-inch loaf


  • 1 large orange

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 (14 ounce) can pumpkin puree

  • ¼ cup orange juice

  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries (such as Craisins®)

  • cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan and lightly dust the bottom with flour.

  2. Zest the entire orange, avoiding the white (pith). Peel and section the orange and remove all seeds. Chop orange pulp in the bowl of a food processor or blender until fine. Reserve with the zest.

  3. Cream sugar and butter together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until very well combined. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly incorporated. Stir in pumpkin, reserved chopped orange and zest, orange juice, and grated ginger.

  4. Whisk flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl. Stir into the wet batter until almost all is moistened, but do not overwork. Fold in dried cranberries and pecans. Turn into the prepared loaf pan.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool in the pan, on a wire rack, for 15 minutes. Remove from the pan and let cool completely on the wire rack before wrapping.

Cook's Notes:

This can also be made into 18 standard-sized muffins.

If desired, serve with an orange or rum glaze, applied while still warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

354 Calories
14g Fat
56g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 354
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 315mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 12mg 61%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 180mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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