Orange Cranberry Spice Bread

by Kate on December 26, 2014

Orange Cranberry Spice Bread -

Growing up, each Sunday our large family would gather together at my grandparents house for dinner at the incredibly long table that could barely contain us all. For hours before my grandparents would prepare the Sunday supper together. My grandfather was quite the cook and baker. I can remember watching him as he prepared everything from scratch. He especially enjoyed making freshly baked bread. Yes, those genes run deep.

My love of baking bread was something that didn’t come as naturally as it seemed for my grandfather but my defeats of the yeasted kind only fueled my passion to conquer the feat of making bread with my own two hands. Over time I felt my frustration towards making bread turn to a feeling of enjoyment, relaxation and joy.

My grandfather most often prepared a boule of some sort for dinner. Other times as we spent time at my grandparents house, my grandfather would surprise us with a thick slice of his famous banana nut bread. As a child, I was never a fan of nuts of any kind but if they were nestled inside a loaf of that banana bread I was all over them.

Orange Cranberry Spice Bread - FoodBabbles.comWhen I don’t have hours to wait for loaves of bread to proof, I always look to my old pal the quick bread. Savory versions like this Buttermilk Bread Recipe filled with cheese and fresh herbs are perfect for dinner or beside a warm bowl of soup. While this Orange Cranberry Bread is sweeter and more suited for breakfast or with an afternoon cup of coffee.

The batter of this Orange Cranberry Bread Recipe is filled with the vibrant scent of orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of cloves. Dried cranberries add a sweet tartness to the spiced batter while butter pecans add a pleasant crunch. Once baked to a golden brown, this moist loaf of bread wafts it’s warm scents through your home making you feel instantly cozy. The smell of freshly baked bread always brings me back to those memories of my grandfather baking bread for our Sunday dinner.



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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Thalia @ butter and brioche December 27, 2014 at 5:03 pm

I love home-baked sweet breads like this. Totally craving a slice right now – your orange and cranberry spice bread looks delicious!


Kate December 28, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Thanks Thalia! It really is such a wonderful sweet bread and didn’t last long around here.


ChristineM December 29, 2014 at 6:57 pm

love cranberry!


Kate December 30, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Me too! Me too! I crave them all year round but especially during these cool winter months


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