Cranberry Bread


A few Christmases ago, my brother gave me a gift certificate from Ace Hardware. I bought an old-fashioned grinder like the one I remember using to grind up cranberries for the bread our mother often made. It is still one of my favorite fruity breads.

There is a funny incident that goes along with this recipe. All I could find here was a snippet of paper with my mother’s handwriting that said “4 cranberry bread.” It had these massive amounts of flour and sugar and eggs, but with absolutely no mention of cranberries or how much. It had probably been her way of making sure she had the right amounts when she made up four loaves of the bread.

So I called my daughter, Debbie, to see if I had given her the recipe at some point. She pulled out a cookbook I’d made up for her as a wedding present many years ago. Sure enough, there it was. She read it off to me and I offer it to you here.


Cranberry Bread


2 cups coarsely chopped cranberries (I used my hand-grinder above)
½ cup chopped nuts
2 cups sifted flour
1 cup sugar
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Juice and grated rind of 1 orange
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg
Water as needed, but leave the batter rather stiff.

Combine everything except the cranberries and nuts. Fold cranberries and nuts into batter. Line bread pan with greased waxed paper.

Bake at 350 degrees F. for 50-60 minutes.

A hui hou!

7 thoughts on “Cranberry Bread”

  1. Have the cranberries, macnuts and the flour…..even have the old fashioned grinder!……need to get the baking powder and soda as mine are a bit old….I will be making these for sure…. Mahalo and Mele Kalikimaka, Lucy!

    1. I love it when readers actually try some of my recipes. One of my students said his mother tried my pumpkin pie and loved it! 🙂
      This is one of my favorite breads and there are loads of recipes online for that, but I always suspected that my mother’s was a bit different!
      Aloha, and Mele Kalikimaka to you, too!

    1. Wow! Thanks for telling me! I hope it’s as good as I remember 🙂
      Saturday’s post this week will be about one of the readers who was involved in the discussion on my lilikoi butter. Be sure to read it!
      Mele Kalikimaka!

    1. Please do – and let me know what day you plan to show it so I can link to you, as well. One thing that makes my mother’s breads so delicious is that she loved moist breads – not dry ones. Glad you enjoyed it!

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