Cranberry sauce quick bread

A delicious cranberry center

Most people are too busy gobbling up turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving to put much of a dent in the cranberry sauce. Here’s a great way to use up your leftovers. We used our raspberry cranberry sauce, but any variety will work.

Cranberry bread

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • zest from one orange
  • 3/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 4-6 tbsp cranberry sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Heat oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in 1 heaping spoonful of cranberry sauce, juice, butter and egg. Mix in pecans, cardamom and orange zest. Spoon two thirds of the batter into the loaf pan and smooth. Spread cranberry sauce over the top in an even layer. You can leave a little border of dough, but don’t need to. Spoon the rest of the batter on top of the cranberries and smooth it out. Bake for about an hour, until the crust is golden and a knife inserted in the top (just to the cranberry layer) comes out clean.

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49 Responses to Cranberry sauce quick bread

  1. We just keep ours in the refrigerator or the freezer and eat it whenever we have pork. Because it has been boiled with sugar and cranberries have an antiseptic property it keeps for a long time.

  2. Yuri says:

    Love the cardamom in there :) looks so moist… YUM!

  3. Kristy says:

    Mmmmm. I love cranberry sauce leftovers. :)

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    Yum! A quick bread that, when sliced, reveals a motherlode of cranberry goodness. Forget about leftover cranberry sauce. I’d make a fresh batch just so that I could bake this bread.

  5. eva626 says:

    do you think other sauces would work?…i never encountered cranberry sauce here.

  6. nrhatch says:

    Wow! That looks yummy!!! :D

  7. THIS is a cranberry sauce I can get on board with. I’m thinking for breakfast with orange marmalade…

  8. BrainRants says:

    Cranberry: one of the few fruits I will eat. Five stars.

  9. Carolyn Chan says:

    Would be such a nice surprise when you bite into the bread !

  10. Courtney says:

    Definitely, definitely going on my to-do bread list. yum!

  11. What a great idea!

  12. rutheh says:

    Fire up the kettle for tea! Looks delicious.

  13. Okay I am definitely new to cranberry bread, and i think it looks delicious. This is such a wonderful recipe.. have to share with my mom. I;ll also let you know how your ham glaze turns out.. we are trying it this year :)

  14. rsmacaalay says:

    That sauce would definitely add more moisture to that great bread

  15. Tandy says:

    I would love a slice of that right now for breakfast :)

  16. That looks fabulous and I bet it tastes amazing – a kind of fruity soda bread!

  17. You have leftover cranberry sauce? I’m with John – I think I’d have to make a new batch for this!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. It never ceases to amaze me the creations that come out of yours house! And I commend you totally on the ‘waste not want not’ mentality on using up left over sauce. This looks delicious. The red of the sauce looks so tasty in the bread.

  19. zestybeandog says:

    Love this use for cranberry sauce! Genius!

  20. Kelly says:

    I love this idea! So simple and delicious looking… the cranberry must make the loaf super moist. Mmm….

  21. Colline says:

    This bread sounds interesting.

  22. now why after all the shows and mags I have read about what to do with leftover cranberry sauce have I not seen the idea to use it in a bread. GENIUS! I can only imagine how delicious it is! Hope you have a great thanksgiving- full of wonderful food!

  23. This cranberry bread is just screaming for a hot tea or cappuccino to go with it. I think the cardamon adds a special touch.

  24. Amy says:

    Great idea for the leftover cranberry sauce! Personally, cranberry sauce is one of my fave parts of the Tday meal and I’m happy to eat it by the spoonful for the days after :)

  25. I think I’ll fix this tonight – Kate will love it! She is my cranberry sauce girl! Not sure I have cardamom – could I use a substitute?

  26. TasteFood says:

    Great idea – I’ll be sure there are leftovers!

  27. This is a fabulous idea! Always hate to let the cranberry sauce go to waste!

  28. Sissi says:

    Excellent idea to deal with leftovers!

  29. Carol Ann says:

    is it just me or is there no measurement for flour?

  30. Caroline says:

    I like cranberry sauce, but raspberry cranberry sauce sounds even better. This bread looks delicious and so moist. I love finding new ways to use up leftovers. :)

  31. afrankangle says:

    Sauce within the bread a great touch. Gotta love … BTW …. have a bountiful Thanksgiving to you, your family, and all the readers here.

  32. Eva Taylor says:

    I hate throwing away food; great use of leftovers, Greg! And your sauce was incredible the first time around, second time will be unbelievable!

  33. This is a brilliant use of leftover sauce and something we are going to have to try…that is if there is any rum cranberry sauce left. ;-)

  34. Sophie33 says:

    What an appetizing & festice cranberry bread!
    The endresult says it all: EAT ME RIGHT NOW! Yum! :)

  35. ceciliag says:

    O no.. here i go again, i have never had cranberry sauce.. oh dear, The Matriarch has been quite remiss in my thanksgiving education, I shall speak to her.. (on your behalf) c

  36. niasunset says:

    So beautiful, it really makes me to eat. Thank you dear Rufus, Happy Thanks Giving Day for you both, with my love, nia

  37. Mmm, cardamom in there. I never have cranberry sauce hanging about, but I reckon a quick change of some cooked up apple or pears in there would work just as well. Nice one.

  38. nancyc says:

    That bread looks so good and moist! Love the cranberry layer inside!

  39. spicegirlfla says:

    Clever, clever…never thought to use my leftover cranberry sauce in a bread!! You rock!!

  40. Charles says:

    Great use for leftover sauce – No-one ever eats my Christmas cranberry sauce – never thought of putting it in a bread before. Thanks for sharing :)

  41. This and a cup of coffee would make for a great morning. : )

  42. Everybody in my family loves cranberries and we eat them all year round. I will try this. I know they will like it!

  43. Thanks for the recipe! I just pulled it out of the oven, I hope it tastes as good as it smells.

  44. Pingback: cranberry-orange bread {made with cranberry sauce} | The Chou Life

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