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This Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread is kissed with citrus, and is perfect for breakfast, with a cup of tea or for dessert!
Streusel Topped Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread slices on a white platter

Streusel Topped Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread

My talented, dear blogger friend, Jamie Schler, just published her first cookbook, Orange Appeal: Savory and Sweet. If you are a citrus fan, you’ll be enamored with every single recipe!

Her Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Pecans, and Cranberries and the Orange Rosemary Wedding Day Chicken will also be happening in my kitchen soon! Since we’re in the midst of the holiday season, I baked up a loaf of Jamie’s marvelous streusel topped Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread.

Streusel Topped Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread slices on a small white plate

Cranberry Quick Bread

The cranberry quick bread recipe from my childhood was lifted right off the bag of Ocean Spray cranberries. Lately, I’ve turned to the classic Cranberry Pecan Bread from Cook’s Illustrated. But who wants to be in a rut??! Thank goodness, Jamie offered another cranberry loaf alternative.

When I took my first nibble of Jamie’s Traditional Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread, I was smitten. The orange juice and zest provided incredible citrus undertones which paired well with both the tart cranberries and the earthy walnuts. Plus, it was topped with a rich,  buttery streusel. All in all, a heavenly combination!

Streusel Topped Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread on a white ceramic tray garnished with fresh cranberries and cedar

Tips for Making Quick Breads:

Back in the day, Home-Ec was offered in junior high and high school. The sewing part wasn’t my cup of tea but I loved learning about baking at Welch Junior High, then Lord Byng Secondary School in Vancouver, and a third time at Ames Senior High.

They were electives and I signed up for them all! Here are some of the tips I recall for making quick breads.

General Tips:

  • Quick breads are not made with yeast. Baking powder, baking soda or both are the leaveners. Examples are pumpkin bread, banana nut bread, lemon poppyseed bread, etc.
  • Generally, you cream the sugars and fats first, then add the eggs and other liquids.
  • Next the dry ingredients are whisked together (so the leaveners are evenly distributed).
  • It’s important that once you add the flour and leaveners, you mix until just combined.
  • Over-mixing will cause tunnels in your final product.  In muffins, the domes will be peaked instead of rounded. So don’t use a mixer, but instead, a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.

Practical Tips:

  • The same batter can be used to make muffins. Just adjust the baking time.
  • I had no trouble with my add-ins (cranberries and walnuts) sinking, but I’ve coated chocolate chips and blueberries with flour before mixing them in the batter to ensure better distribution.
  • Your quick bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. I check a couple spots to avoid having an underdone pocket in your bread. Start checking 10-15 minutes before the suggested cooking time in case your oven runs hot.

Baking and Storing Tips

  • I like to grease my pan, then flour it (or use a baking spray with oil and flour), then line the bottom of the pan with parchment and grease or spray it. This will prevent the bottom from sticking.
  • I let the bread cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing it to a cooling rack to finish cooling. Run a knife or metal spatula around the perimeter of the pan if the does not want to release. I usually give it a little jiggle back and forth to see if it is loose.
  • Cool bread to room temperature before wrapping and storing. The bread will actually taste better if you wait a day to sample. But I can never resist! Store in the refrigerator up to a week and in the freezer  for a few months.

Orange Appeal: Sweet and Savory

Besides being a terrific cook, Jamie is an incredibly talented writer. Check out her blog, Life’s a Feast, to see her gorgeous creations in the kitchen while being reeled in by the yarns she spins. Her love of citrus hails from her Florida upbringing, and continues to this day where she and her husband own a hotel in France’s Loire Valley.

Jamie’s homemade jams and jellies are served for breakfast at the Hotel Diderot. I imagine there’s some citrus involved in making those spreads. I hope to be a guest one day—definitely on my bucket list!

Jamie’s essays and recipes have been published in Fine Cooking, The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, and more. Orange Appeal would make an amazing gift, for you or a cook in your life!

More Cranberry Recipes You’ll Love:

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Streusel Topped Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread slices on a white platter

Streusel Topped Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread

A tender, delicious quick bread with cranberries, orange zest, walnuts and a streusel topping!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: Bread, Quick Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Streusel Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed*

Bread:

  • 1 orange, juiced and zested
  • Boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter*, cubed and at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whole or coarsely chopped fresh or frozen (thawed) cranberries
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts**
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

To make the streusel topping, place the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl and toss to combine. Add the butter and, using only your fingertips, rub quickly into the dry ingredients until it resembles damp sand and there are no chunks of butter left. Chill in the refrigerator while you prepare the quick bread.

Preheat the oven to 325º. Butter a standard [easyazon_link identifier="B00008W70I" locale="US" tag="thskchcaba-20"]9 x 5[/easyazon_link] x 2 1/2-inch loaf pan and set aside.

Add enough boiling water to the orange juice to make 3/4 cup of liquid. Add the zest and butter and stir until the butter is melted.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk or beat together the egg and sugar until blended, and light and fluffy. Pour the orange mixture into the egg mixture and stir together. Fold in the cranberries and walnuts.

In a separate bowl, blend together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt Stir the flour mixture into the orange mixture until well-blended.

Spread the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the to of the batter, breaking up any lumps with your fingertips. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until the center is set and the top is golden brown. Allow to cool in the pan on rack before sliding a knife around the edges to loose and unmolding.***

Notes

*You may substitute pecans for the walnuts.

**I used salted butter and reduced the salt to 1/4 teaspoon.

***I grease the pan, then line the bottom with a rectangle of parchment paper. Then I grease the top of the parchment and dust all with flour.

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22 comments on “Streusel Topped Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread”

  1. I love to add streusel on everything I bake! This is a very festive and delicious bread.

  2. This festive loaf has been a staple of my holiday and seasonal table for almost 40 years! I am more than happy that it will be a part of yours! Thank you so much for sharing Orange Appeal!! This is so exciting for me! I do hope you’ll try other recipes and the Wedding Day Chicken is one of my recipe testers’ favorites in the cookbook!

    Wishing you and your family a joyous holiday season, dear, Liz!

  3. Lizzy I love cranberries, This is so beautiful!!! love the streusel too!

  4. Such a beautiful and festive bread. Love it for holiday mornings. Streusel is so so good on top of anything. Pinned for later my dear.
    xx

  5. Such a beautiful and festive bread. Love it for holiday mornings. Streusel is so so good on top of anything. Pinned for later my dear.
    xx

  6. Such a beautiful and festive bread. Love it for holiday mornings. Streusel is so so good on top of anything. Pinned for later my dear.
    xx

  7. I’m WILD for this sweet bread and thanks for the tutorial on sweet bread in general. I’ll be pinning a lot of your cranberry recipes. They are areal favorite of mine. The quick bread will be made today, I hope. Enjoy a safe and peaceful Christmas. Merry Christmas 🎄 🐝💜

  8. This is the perfect bread to enjoy over breakfast over the entire holiday season. And lots of great tips for quick breads. Merry Christmas!

  9. I love this combination of flavors and cant wait to try it! so festive!

  10. I need to get Jamie’s book asap. This bread looks amazing. I love cranberry paired with orange. One of my favourite combos.

  11. Such a perfect flavor combination and great for the holidays! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas Liz!

  12. This quick bread looks like the perfect breakfast while opening Christmas presents on Christmas morning. The presentation is beautiful.

  13. Oh so pretty and the flavours sound perfect for this season. Merry Christmas Liz to you and all your beloveds!!

  14. Love the festive look of this quick bread , Lizzy ! The flavour and texture combination sounds delicious !

    Will take this opportunity to greet you and the rest of you family a Merry Christmas ! Izzy is included in that greetings ! lol

  15. I love the cranberry and orange combination. It is one of my favorite combinations at this time of the year. This quick bread would be perfect for serving on Christmas morning. Sounds delicious. I wanted to stop by to wish a Merry Christmas to you Liz and your family!

  16. WOW!!! You had me at Streusel Liz but then you wnt and added all those other goodies and now I’m wishing I could sink my teeth right in!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Liz…

    Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year to You and Yours!!! Louise:)

  17. Fantastic recipe Liz! And your tips are so good!!! We’re definitely trying this one within the next few days:)
    Sending you and yours our love and our warmest wishes for the Holiday Season!
    xoxoxo

  18. I’m obsessed with citrus since being pregnant! Love it!

  19. I love cranberry bread and your streusel topping is so lovely!

  20. Love all these tips and that bread looks perfect!

  21. That streusel topping is errythang!

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