Grandmother's Famous Cranberry Bread

cranberry bread 4

cranberry bread 4

Every Thanksgiving and into Christmas my Grandmommy would make this cranberry bread. There is something about this lightly sweet fresh cranberry bread that just brings you into the holiday season.  This recipe comes from the children's book "Cranberry Thanksgiving." In the book Grandmother invites a poor and lonely guest every Thanksgiving and always makes her famous cranberry bread.  We loved reading this book every Thanksgiving and subsequently my Grandmommy always made this recipe.

The version below is my healthy (ish) interpretation of the original recipe. It's a perfect holiday gift if you are going somewhere for Thanksgiving this year. Just wrap it up and tie it with ribbon!


1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted

1 egg, beaten

zest of one orange

3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped

optional: 1 cup light raisins or 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat your oven to 350 F.

Sift the flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda into a large bowl.

In a separate bowl mix the melted butter, egg, orange zest , and orange juice.  Add this liquid mixture to the  flour mixture.  Mix together, the batter will be quite thick.  Fold in the cranberries.

Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from pan and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy!  Happy Thanksgiving!!

cranberry bread 2

cranberry bread 2

Here is the original version from "Cranberry Thanksgiving" by Wende Devlin.





photosRebecca Elman