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Cranberry Walnut Bread is soft and fluffy which lots of tart cranberries and a delicious crunchy streusel on top!

This quick bread takes no time at all and comes out with the perfect crumb. The sweet crumble topping is perfect with the tart berries and delicious warm from the oven.

slices of Cranberry Walnut Bread with butter

A Favorite Quick Bread

Not only is it absolutely delicious when it’s hot and fresh, but it freezes well and makes amazing French toast with warm maple syrup and whipped cream!

So what exactly is a Quick Bread? Quick breads are so popular because the yeast is replaced with a different leavening agent like baking soda or baking powder (like when you make banana bread). It’s “quick” because there is no rising or kneading needed.

Ingredients

CRANBERRIES The signature ingredient in cranberry walnut bread is cranberries. Frozen cranberries are available year-round if fresh ones aren’t available and they can be used right from frozen.

BUTTERMILK Buttermilk gives the bread great texture and a tangy flavor plus helps it rise as it reacts with the baking soda. You can make your own buttermilk by mixing mix 2 cups of milk with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or 2 tablespoons of white vinegar.

ADD-INS Instead of walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, or pistachios are also complementary flavors! It’s easy to customize this cranberry bread.

CRUMBLE TOPPING Similar to a topping on apple crumble, this streusel is a combo of flour, oats, and brown sugar with cinnamon. For a citrusy flavor, add freshly grated orange or lemon zest to the crumble topping.

mixing Cranberry Walnut Bread batter

How to Make Cranberry Walnut Bread

Just a few simple steps and this delicious bread will be piping hot from the oven and ready to enjoy!

  1. Whisk together dry ingredients (per recipe below).
  2. Whisk wet ingredients together, then add to the center of dry mixture. Stir until just moistened.
  3. Gently fold in cranberries and walnuts.
  4. For the topping, combine all ingredients & mix together with your hands until mixture is moist & crumbly.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan & top with crumble. Bake according to the recipe.

one cooked loaf and one uncooked loaf of Cranberry Walnut Bread in pans

Baking Tips

  • Do not overmix the batter. Overmixing will eliminate the air pockets that quick bread needs in order to rise properly.
  • For extra crunchy nuts with a more intense flavor, toast them in a small pan until fragrant and cool before adding.
  • Check the bread early to ensure it doesn’t overcook.
  • Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center of the loaf. If it comes out clean the bread is done.
  • Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.

Cranberry Walnut Bread loafs

Storing Cranberry Walnut Bread

  • Keep cooled loaves at room temperature, wrapped tightly in plastic or in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze bread (either whole or in slices) for up to 4 months.

Quick Bread Faves

  • Classic Banana Bread – extra moist and so easy
  • Warm Apple Bread – tastes like apple pie
  • Homemade Carrot Bread – freezer friendly
  • Chocolate Chip Banana Bread – sweet & moist
  • Pumpkin Zucchini Bread – so fresh & flavorful
  • Lemon Blueberry Bread – a 5 star recipe

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close up of slices of Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

A soft quickbread filled with cranberries and walnuts topped with a crumble topping.
Course Bread, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 16 servings
Calories 238
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

BREAD

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup walnuts chopped

Crumble Topping (optional)

  • cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup packed light-brown sugar
  • ¼ cup oats
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter cubed
  • teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Add the milk and egg to the dry mixture. Stir until everything is just moist and add the butter. Stir until combined, but do not over-mix. Fold in the cranberries and nuts.
  • For crumble topping, combine all the ingredients. Work the mixture with your hands, squeezing and stirring until it’s all moist and crumbly.
  • Grease two 8×4 loaf pans. Pour batter evenly between two pans. Sprinkle the crumble topping on each loaf.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan 10 minutes. Remove and cool on a rack. Cut each loaf into 8 slices.

Notes

  • Do not overmix the batter. Overmixing will eliminate the air pockets that quick bread needs in order to rise properly.
  • For extra crunchy nuts with a more intense flavor, toast them in a small pan until fragrant and cool before adding.
  • Check the bread early to ensure it doesn’t overcook.
  • Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center of the loaf. If it comes out clean the bread is done.
  • Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove and place on a cooling rack to cool completely. 
  • Nutrition information is for 1 slice.

Recipe updated for improved consistency 12/17/20

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 238 | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 203IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 2mg
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Cranberry Walnut Bread sliced with a title
Cranberry Walnut Bread in baking pans and sliced with a title

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By: Holly Nilsson
Title: Cranberry Walnut Bread
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Published Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 15:00:21 +0000

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