25 November, 2011  |   11 Comments

Cranberry Bread Recipe of Love

This cranberry bread recipe is important to our Yeager family. One of Grandma Yeager’s best recipes, my sister-in-law asked my brother out on a date while making it for a youth group fundraiser. They’ve been married over 20 years.

My brother Joe also makes this cranberry bread every year when he visits for Thanksgiving. Not too sweet, this quick bread is just the right thing for tea time.
(If we took tea time.)

Preparation IS a little fininky — what with the half slicing of the cranberries (I like to do it while watching something on Bravo). However, those little half-spheres are also what makes this bread so delicious. Really.

cranberry bread

Ingredients
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Juice of one orange
2 tablespoons melted shortening
1 egg, beaten
2 cups cranberries, cut in half

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.

In a small bowl or Pyrex liquid measuring cup, combine the orange juice with melted shortening. Add enough water to make 3/4 cup of liquid. Stir in beaten egg. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix enough to dampen. Fold in cranberries. Spoon into a greased loaf pan and spread evenly, making corners and sides higher than the center.

Bake at 350° for 60 minutes.
Perfection.

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11 thoughts on “Cranberry Bread Recipe of Love

  1. 1
    Debra says:

    Thanks for the great recipe. I made it this weekend and it was delicious!!

  2. 2
    Allison says:

    I made this today. It was perfect: not too sweet. I used frozen cranberries left over from Thanksgiving. Thank you!

  3. 3
    Poppy says:

    I think we make nearly the same recipe in our family! We add a tiny touch of cinnamon which adds just a whiff of holiday to it.

  4. 4
    Sarah says:

    This is really wonderful. I substituted butter for the shortening without issue (I didn’t have shortening… annnnnnnd shortening freaks me out a little).

    • 4.1
      Helen Jane says:

      Girl, don’t I know it. But dang it if three of my favorite family recipes aren’t lousy with it.

      Thanks for letting me know that the substitute works too!

  5. 5
    Anne D. says:

    I grew up in cranberry-growing country (southeaster Mass.) and we loved cranberries in every permutation, including a recipe very similar to this one that my mom made. I think it originally came from the Ocean Spray factory store/cafe on the old Route 6 route to the Cape. Tempted to make this — for the yums and the memories! Happy Thanksgiving, HJ, to you and your beautiful family. xxoo

    • 5.1
      Anne D. says:

      PS And I learned to skate on frozen cranberry bogs in Mattapoisett, MA… and went on to play ice hockey in college. Wow, this post is just full of nostalgia for me!

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