This Orange Cranberry Pumpkin Quick Bread is a favorite of everyone who tries it! The fruits really elevates a plain old pumpkin bread to the next level!
This recipe was originally published very early on in the life of BCC! In November of 2014! Here is an updated version to enjoy!
I bought several pie pumpkins just before my local farm stand closed for the year. They just looked so pretty, I couldn’t resist! Since I can’t eat traditional pumpkin pie because of the lactose and my boys don’t really like pumpkin pie, I thought I would come up with some other recipes that had merit. I scored with this quick bread!
So you know when you’re trying to clean out the little bits of this and that out of the refrigerator and freezer and stumble on cast of characters that should be really great together? As it was with this bread. There was the 1 orange in the fruit drawer for too long and had started to look less than perfect but when cut was perfectly juicy, not dried out. Then there were the 2 partial bags of cranberries in the freezer. I have made a great Cranberry Bread for years that everyone loves, I thought about going with that and then saw the 4 beautiful little pumpkins sitting on the counter and thought, wow that sounds really good!
How to Make this Pumpkin Quick Bread
See How to Cook Pumpkin, if you would like to use fresh pumpkin.
- Pulse nuts and add to bowl with cranberries.
- Sort any bad cranberries out. Pulse frozen berries until fairly fine. Put them in a bowl.
- Place the quartered orange in the food processor.
- Mix a heaping tablespoon of flour with cranberries to prevent them from floating to the top of the batter in the pan.
- Pulse orange until most pieces are fine with a few left larger for extra texture in the bread.
- Measure flour, soda, salt and spices in a bowl and set aside (or use my pumpkin pie spice recipe).
- Beat eggs.
- Add orange and pumpkin to egg. Mix thoroughly.
- Add sugar to wet ingredients. Mix well.
- Incorporate flour about 1 cup at a time, just until wet.
- Don’t over beat. Just mix until dry ingredients are moistened.
- Incorporate cranberries and nuts by hand, just until mixed or your dough will turn pink from the juice of the cranberries.
- Spray loaf pans with no stick spray. Fill approximately 2/3 full.
Bake for 45 minutes to an hour (large loaves may take longer). Test for doneness with a cake tester or pick inserted in the middle of the bread, which should come out clean. These are really moist so they have to cool for at least an hour on a cooling rack in the pans or they will fall apart! Slide a knife along the edges and turn upside down to remove from pan. Then thoroughly cool before storing.
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Orange Cranberry Pumpkin Quick Bread
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- pinch of ginger
- pinch of cloves
- 3 cups Sugar
- 1 orange
- 2 cups pumpkin puree, or use 1 15 oz. can
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- 1 heaping Tbsp. flour
- Preheat oven to 350°F / 177°C.
- If using raw pumpkin, halve and remove seeds. Place in roasting dish pulp side down for about 1 hour. Let cool thoroughly. Remove meat and measure about 2 cups.
- Mix flour with baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg. ginger and cloves. Set aside.
- Quarter orange and remove seeds. Place pieces in food processor and pulse a few times. Rind pieces should not be too large, but I like some of them about pea size or slightly larger.
- Beat eggs in mixing bowl.
- Add pumpkin and orange and combine.
- Incorporate sugar into wet ingredients.
- Add dry ingredients about 1 cup at a time, just until mixed.
- Process cranberry in food processor, again, leave a few of the pieces pea sized or so. Place in a bowl.
- Process nuts in food processor. Add nuts to cranberries in the bowl and toss together with the tablespoon of flour. This helps to stop the fruit from floating to the top of the batter.
- Incorporate Cranberries and nuts to the batter by hand.
- Spray loaf pans with no stick spray.
- Fill loaf pans 2/3 full.
- Bake 45 minutes – 1 hour, depending on size of loaves, or until pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Allow loaves to cool on cooling rack in the pans for at least 1 hour. Then slide knife down the edges to loosen. If they are cool enough, they literally fall right out when turned upside down. Let loaves cool fully on rack.
- These freeze very well. after they are fully cool, wrap in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil. Or you can wrap in freezer paper.
Originally Published 11/18/2014
I made it! Almost Every bite had a great flavor of the orange, bits of nuts and tart of the cranberries. I will definitely make this again. 5 stars out of 5 stars.
I’m so glad you liked it Dan! It’s one of our favorites too! Thanks for letting me know and happy holidays!
Awesome recipe. I was intrigued because there is no fat in the recipe. Used dried cranberries and added some diced candied orange peel. About 2 oz died cranberries and 1oz diced orange peel. Used twice amount of the spices.
Thank you Catherine! I love the idea of the dried cranberries and the candied orange peel. Happy to hear that you made it your own too! So glad that you liked it!
One of my top favourite kind of breads ever – made a courgette (zuchinni) carrot and apple one just days back but definitely need to make this one too since I have loads of pumpkin. Delicious – I cannot wait, the fresh cranberries and orange addition is super clever. It is written Christmas all over it! Thanks for sharing this Beth!
Thank you Ramona! I’m glad you enjoyed the post! If you make it, let me know how you like it!
Wow! I’ve never had a bread like this – I’d love to try it. And I love what you did with the orange!
Thanks Nicole! It’s makes the process so much faster! Have a great weekend!
Julie Running in a Skirt
The fresh orange and cranberry in this in genius! I love this great twist on a classic pumpkin bread- I need to try this soon.
Why thank you, Julie! I’m glad you liked it! Let me know after you try it!
Katie Crenshaw | A Fork's Tale
This Orange Cranberry Pumpkin Bread is perfect for the Fall. I am going to make a couple of batches to give to my friends. They will love it.
Thanks Katie! I hope they enjoy them! Let me know!
LOVE using fresh pumpkin instead of canned! And I’m all for anything that saves time, and ups the nutrition value! Genius using the entire orange. Thanks for this fantastic recipe!!
Yes, I do too! I love the trick with the orange! It adds so much flavor and saves so much time! Thank you Tristen!
Orange and cranberry are just the perfect flavor combination. This bread would make the perfect snack or breakfast.
It really is one of my favorites for breakfast! Thank you Stephanie!
This would be so good with some almond butter spread on it. I can’t wait to try it!
Yes, it actually would be good with almond butter! I have to try that! Thanks for the suggestion, Danielle!
Wow! This recipe has a unique and interesting flavor combination! Surely sounds so delicious!
Thank you Annissa! It really is delicious!
I love the idea of this!!! pumpkin and cranberry sound like a great combination together!
Yes, they really are a perfect combination! Thank you Georgie!
I love pumpkin bread and the cranberry and orange give it such a fun twist!
Thanks, Michelle! Yes, the orange and cranberry give it a fun pop!
Wow adding pumpkin in a bread recipe is a fine idea,must try it this weekend, thanks
I love pumpkin quick bread, especially in the fall! Thank you Jagruti!
I love orange and cranberry together. But the addition of pumpkin . . . brilliant!! Love it!
Thanks Elaine! I almost forgot about this bread! I have to make it again! Yum!
The orange pumpkin bread was too die for-indeed one of my favorites.
Thank you, Jay! Glad you enjoyed it!