Cranberry Orange Bread with Simple Glaze

This Cranberry Orange Bread recipe, topped with a simple glaze, sounds utterly scrumptious! It perfectly balances the tanginess of cranberries with the sweet and zesty flavor of oranges, making it a delightful treat. Let me whisk you through the process with a dash of fun and flavor.


For the Loaf:

  • 1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest (the secret zest to life!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen, thawed and rinsed

For the Orange Syrup:

  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar

For the Orange Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice

How to Make Cranberry Orange Bread with Simple Glaze

  1. Preheat & Prepare: Fire up your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
  2. Sift & Whisk: In a medium bowl, play a little game of sift with the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a larger bowl, whisk the yogurt, sugar, eggs, orange zest, vanilla, and oil until they’re best friends.
  3. Combine & Fold: Gently introduce the dry ingredients to the wet ones. In a separate bowl, coat the cranberries in that extra tablespoon of flour and fold them into the batter with the tenderness of a love story.
  4. Bake: Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes. The bread is ready when a toothpick plays hide and seek and comes out with a few crumbs but not wet.
  5. Cool & Syrup Time: Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then move it to a wire rack. Meanwhile, for the orange syrup, dissolve sugar in orange juice over medium heat and let it simmer for 3 minutes.
  6. Syrup Soak: Poke the warm loaf with a toothpick and dress it up with the orange syrup. Let it absorb the syrup’s goodness.
  7. Glaze It: For the glaze, whisk confectioners’ sugar with orange juice until it’s pourable yet thick. Drizzle this glaze over the cooled bread.
  8. Final Touch: Let the glaze set for about 15 minutes. Then, it’s ready to steal the show!

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