Cranberry Citrus Bread Recipe: Perfect for Gift Giving!

Fresh cranberries and two types of citrus give this Cranberry Citrus Bread a fresh and festive taste. Perfect for holiday gift giving!

cranberry citrus bread ingredients

One of the gifts I love to give at Christmas is something homemade from my kitchen. Not only is it totally budget-friendly, but I think the receiver appreciates that effort was made and time was spent. Last year I gave my Snickerdoodle Bread. This year it’s Cranberry Citrus Bread. This recipe is so easy and doesn’t use any odd ingredients. Plus it’s delicious.

cranberry citrus bread ingredients chopped cranberries in bowl

The first thing you do is chop the cranberries and zest the lemons…then you mix them with a little sugar and let it all set while you prepare the rest of the recipe. It doesn’t call for any lemon juice, so I had two zested lemons left over. I hated to put them down the disposal, so I quartered them and put them in an old enamelware coffee pot that sits on my stove. I added water, cinnamon sticks and a few cranberries.

cranberry lemon stovetop potpourri

Between the bread baking and the coffee pot simmering, my whole house smelled like Christmas. The only thing that would have made the afternoon more perfect was a little falling snow out my window. Can’t have it all I guess!

cranberry citrus bread three mini loaves on cooling rack fi

Cranberry Citrus Bread Recipe

Fresh cranberries and two types of citrus give this Cranberry Citrus Bread a fresh and festive taste. Perfect for holiday gift giving!
5 from 1 vote
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 large loaf
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes


  • 1 cup roughly chopped fresh cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 large eggs


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl mix together cranberries, lemon peel and 1/4 c. sugar. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl or bowl of a standing mixer, whisk together flour, 1/2 c. sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together canola oil, orange juice and eggs until well mixed.
  • All at once add the oil/juice/egg mixture to the flour mixture.
  • Beat until combined, scraping sides of the bowl a few times.
  • Gently fold in cranberry/lemon zest/sugar mixture.
  • Pour into prepared large loaf pan or 3 small loaf pans.
  • Bake 30 - 35 minutes (small) or 45 - 50 min. (large) until lightly browned and knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before serving.


I prepare my pans with Baker's Joy.
Large loaf pan = approx. 9 x 5 in.
Small loaf pan = approx. 5 x 3 x 2 in.
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Cranberry Citrus Bread Recipe Tip

I used disposable pans to bake these little loaves. I got them at HomeGoods, but you can also purchase them {HERE.} One helpful hint I got from my daughter…the package says you do not need to spray the pans. That’s not true…if you don’t, the loaves stick and you can’t get them out. I sprayed these with a little Baker’s Joy, and the loaf I kept for us popped right out.

cranberry citrus bread three mini loaves on cooling rack

For wrapping I got clear cellophane bags. I slipped the pan of bread right in the bag, added a tag and tied it off with a piece of ribbon. If you have any fresh greenery around, adding a little sprig is a nice touch. It’s all in the presentation you know.

cranberry citrus bread in christmas wrap

I showed you my initial gift tags in my Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas post. Some of these loaves are for families, so I’m using the initial of their last name. Click {HERE} for one other homemade gift idea and wrapping tips.

cranberry citrus bread sliced loaf on cutting board

Until next time…
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