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Cranberry Apple Bread Recipe
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Cranberry Apple Bread

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"This bread is a holiday favorite in our family. It's very festive and is a wonderful breakfast bread for Thanksgiving and Christmas morning. I like to prepare my bread batter ahead of time and thaw it out the night before I serve it. Just pop it in the oven in the morning and you have fresh breakfast bread. Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9x5 inch loaf Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch baking pan.
  2. Stir together apples, sugar and oil. Add egg; mix well. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Stir flour mixture into wet ingredients, mixing just until dry ingredients are moist. Stir in cranberries and walnuts. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 04, 2005

I had an overabundance of apples and was also so pleased to see that there were cranberries in this, as I also had a package of cranberries in the crisper from thanksgiving that needed to be used. I made both bread and muffins(doubled the recipe) and they were sooo moist!!! After reading other reviews, I read the proportions of ingredients and was quite perplexed as to how this was going to turn out. There did seem to be a bigger proportion of dry ingredients to the liquid. The adjustments I made were: I added the sugar and salt to the apples first to leech out the juice. I also added just a splash of orange juice (maybe two tbsp) and grated some orange rind. I immediately wrapped the bread when it cooled and put in fridge and put the muffins in a plastic container with lid. I couldn't resist the muffins so tried them about an hour later; the bread in the fridge until the next day. Both were so moist and there was no crumbling at all. I think alot depends on the type of apple. When I started slicing into what I had(red delicious) they were quite juicy so I am sure that helped. I also added a bit more cinnamon and a half tsp of nutmeg to the DOUBLE batch I made; would use a quarter tsp. to the single recipe. I also added a tsp of vanilla. I have this bookmarked as I will be using this one again. Presentation is also beautiful with the whole cranberries and chunks of apple.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 06, 2003

I have to agree with the reviewer who only got crumbs. There is not enough liquid in this recipe to make a batter. I had to add more, and even then, there was way more fruit and nuts than "batter." Perhaps the secret lies in letting the apples sit in the sugar for a long time, thus drawing out their juices? Maybe that's the secret, and why it works to freeze this recipe before baking. That would give enough time for the apple juices to saturate the flour mixture. Definitely a wierd recipe. The bread itself tastes fine, but doesn't hold together all that well. I still only give this recipe one star, if left as is. If somehow more liquid were added, or instructions were added to let the apples and sugar sit for a hour or so, I'd give it more.

Dec 29, 2003

Hi Teresa. Great recipe! I couldn't wait overnight to bake this bread. Baking at the time of mixing, it turned out perfectly. Very flavorful and attractive presentation. I'm not sure what the reviewers are doing wrong who believe it needs more liquid. This recipe makes a very stiff batter rather than a soupy one, but coming out of the oven, it is perfect! Next time I'm going to try a little extra cinnamon and about 3/4t salt. But that's just my experimental nature! :-)

Apr 11, 2003

Did I do something wrong?? I followed the directions and came out with batter that didn't have enough liquid...crumbly dry. Tried to press it into my bread pan and bake but didn't rise like bread or anything!! Had to throw it out..maybe I did something wrong, though.

Dec 29, 2003

I LOVE this recipe! I made it for a Christmas party this year and everyone loved it. It was so good I ended up making some for gifts. For a pretty variation, I doubled the recipe and put it in my springform bundt pan. After putting it on a pretty serving plate, I drizzled a confectioner's sugar glaze over the top. Everyone raved about this new holiday "cake."

Apr 11, 2003

Really good bread..I made it in my mini loaf pan and it came out great..I also always add some extra vanilla..and a dash more cinnamon..Very good ... K F (Brampton,On Canada)

Apr 11, 2003

I substituted 1 cup of whole wheat flour for white flour and cooked it 5 minutes longer - delicious and nutritious!

Apr 11, 2003

Found this recipe to be absolutely delicious!just needed to add a little bit extra liquid...(I used apple juice....turned out lovely...!)recommend it to all....


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  • Calories
  • 179 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.3 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 16 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 6.1 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 1.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 3 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 104 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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