Zesty Elegance: Cranberry Orange Bread with Simple Glaze

Delight in the perfect harmony of tart cranberries and bright oranges with the exquisite Cranberry Orange Bread with Simple Glaze. This delightful bread encapsulates the essence of the season, blending the tangy sweetness of cranberries and the citrusy zest of oranges. Topped with a simple glaze, this bread is an irresistible treat that’s perfect for breakfast, tea time, or any occasion that calls for a touch of elegance.


For the Bread:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped

For the Simple Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • Orange zest (optional, for garnish)


1. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a standard loaf pan.

2. Dry Ingredients Dance: In a bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3. Citrus Sensation: Add the orange zest to the dry ingredients and mix to distribute the zest evenly.

4. Wet Wonders: In a separate bowl, combine the fresh orange juice, vegetable oil, and egg. Whisk the wet ingredients until well combined.

5. Blend Brilliance: Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

6. Cranberry Connection: Gently fold in the chopped fresh cranberries

into the batter, distributing them evenly.

7. Pan Perfection: Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, spreading it evenly.

8. Baking Beauty: Bake the bread in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

9. Glaze Glamour: While the bread is cooling, prepare the simple glaze. In a bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and fresh orange juice until you achieve a smooth and pourable consistency.

10. Glazing Grace: Once the bread is slightly cooled, drizzle the simple glaze over the top. Allow the glaze to set.

11. Optional Zest: For an extra burst of citrus aroma and flavor, garnish the glazed bread with a sprinkle of fresh orange zest.

12. Slice and Savor: Once the glaze has set, slice the Cranberry Orange Bread and savor each mouthful of the delightful combination of tart cranberries, zesty orange, and the sweetness of the glaze.

Cranberry Orange Bread with Simple Glaze is a seasonal treat that offers a symphony of flavors and textures that are as delightful as they are elegant. This bread adds a touch of brightness and joy to any occasion, whether enjoyed with a cup of tea, shared with loved ones, or simply relished in quiet moments.