Nutty Cranberry Cheddar Bread

This season, try a recipe that blends the best holiday flavors.

from Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook 2005

The combination of cranberries, orange and cheese makes this bread a real taste treat. I often give these lovely quick breads as gifts. — Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/4 cups sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons shortening 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel 1/2 cup orange juice 1 tablespoon lemon juice 3 eggs, lightly beaten 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries 1 cup chopped walnuts

    How to make it 

  • 1

    In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in shortening until well blended. Stir in the orange peel and lemon peel. In a measuring cup, combine orange juice and lemon juice; add enough water to measure 1 cup. Add eggs and juice mixture to dry ingredients; stir just until moistened. Fold in the cheese, cranberries and walnuts.

  • 2

    Pour into three greased and floured 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2- in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Makes 3 mini loaves.

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