12 December 2013

Cranberry Walnut Bread & Christmas Vignettes

I got the recipe for the cranberry walnut bread right off of the cranberry package so I can't take credit for it. But I did make another batch of bread recently and mixed things up by adding macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips, delicious!!

Here is the simple recipe:

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar 
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup orange juice
2 tbsp. vegetable (I use canola oil)
1 tbsp grated orange peel
1 egg, well beaten
1 1/2 cups cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I use walnuts or macadamia nuts)
{you can also add some white chocolate chips to make it a bit more decadent}

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. 
{I actually recommend lining the pan with parchment paper and then lightly grease the parchment paper. I found that the bottom and edges didn't burn the way it did in the pan by itself. Plus it was moister and easier to remove from the pan.}
Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl.
Stir in orange juice, oil, orange peel and egg. Mix until well blended.
Stir in cranberries and nuts.
Spread evenly in loaf pan.
Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool on rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.
{But it tastes the best warm right out of the oven with a little butter on top!}
Makes 1 loaf.

It is simply delicious and makes the perfect gift!

Scenes from my home.

Have a lovely weekend all!!



  1. Oh Melinda...it's such gorgeous simple Christmas decor! Girl, I sure do adore your style! Every detail is just stunning :)
    Merry Christmas to you!

  2. I think I'll just come over and eat your bread so I don't have to bake. ;) Happy holidays.

  3. This bread sounds so yummy and looks beautiful as well! I'll have to try it since I love anything with cranberries:-)

    Loving all your vignettes.

    Happy Holidays!


  4. Mmmmmmm....this is one of my favorite kinds of bread, Melinda. And what a good idea to add white chocolate chips - decadent indeed, but worth it! I adore your vignettes and can just imagine how warm and cozy your whole house is this time of year. Hope you're doing well, my friend. Merry Christmas season!

  5. I found you! again...and all is beautiful as usual Melinda. I hope your weekend is a lovely one too:)


  6. A cup of coffee with your bread and I'm all happy!! What incredible vignettes Melinda! Enjoy this wonderful season! xo Rhonda

  7. Oh wow...what beautiful vignettes! Lovely bread as well! xo Jen

  8. Melinda, my heart skipped a beat when I saw you have put my teeny, tiny blog on your sidebar. I am so very very humbled and as corny as it sounds...I have tears in my eyes...my heart flutters and cherishes our friendship! With much love, gratitude and admiration, xoxo Jen

  9. I have got to try this Melinda! It sounds so good. It has been way too long since I have been here. It was great seeing what you are up to.
    Have a Merry Christmas with your family.

  10. It just says Christmas! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, it sounds yummy!

  11. Recently found your lovely blog... love the pom-poms on your Christmas tree!

  12. That would be so delish with my coffee right now! Thanks for the Christmas eye candy too!!

  13. You just can't go wrong with a few mac nuts and white chocolate. I may just have to give this one a try! Have a Merry Christmas.

  14. Beautiful Melinda,
    just sooooo very country Christmas here. I so feel like I am personally invited to share that cranberry bread.
    I will have to make some for us here, and have to tell you once again your photos are magazine girl!

    Come for a quick visit and see my kitchen tree filled with wire pieces, crowns, birdcages and simple pieces that joy the holiday with love.

    A Joyeux Noel.



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