Nutty Cranberry Cheddar Bread

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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