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Apple Cranberry Bread

posted by Allison Mattina on November 13, 2017

Apple Cranberry Bread – A cinnamon spiced quick bread filled with apples and fresh cranberries and topped with a pecan streusel.

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Apple Cranberry Bread - A cinnamon spiced quick bread filled with apples and fresh cranberries and topped with a pecan streusel.I’m giddy with excitement because my favorite time of year is here – HOLIDAY BAKING SEASON! I have been training for this; it’s like the Olympics for me. Ha! This Apple Cranberry Bread is sure to be a win for the holidays! Loaded with apples, fresh cranberries and topped with the most amazing streusel!

In all seriousness, I really do love this time of year. The weather is cool, the house feels cozy, bathing suit season is over, and New Year’s resolutions haven’t yet begun (woohoo)! It really is the most wonderful time of the year.

I’ve already been baking up a storm this holiday season. We’ve had Chocolate Coconut Pecan Pie Bars, Pumpkin Carrot Cake, and Apple French Toast. And up next – a new cranberry recipe.

Apple Cranberry Bread.

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Apple Cranberry Bread - A cinnamon spiced quick bread filled with apples and fresh cranberries and topped with a pecan streusel.

This recipe is for a quick bread. It comes together quickly, without the use of a mixer. It closely straddles the line between bread and cake (and what a delicious line that is). It’s cozy and comforting and filled with fall and winter flavors. You guys adore this Cream Cheese Cranberry Bread Recipe and this Honey Cranberry Bread, so I’m going out on a limb and hoping you’ll enjoy Apple Cranberry Bread too!

The bread is sweet and lightly spiced and it’s filled with diced apples and fresh cranberries. The loaf is topped with a brown sugar pecan streusel, which adds the perfect finishing touch. I absolutely love the contrasting textures between the tender bread and the crunchy, buttery streusel. 

I should not be left alone with a loaf of this bread because there’s a good chance I will pick every last bit of streusel off the whole loaf. If anyone in my family asks I’ll pretend like I forgot to put the streusel on. Sshhhh. 😉

Apple Cranberry Bread Ingredients

  • Vegetable or canola oil
  • Applesauce
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • All purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Apple
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Brown sugar
  • Pecans
  • Melted butter

Apple Cranberry Bread - A cinnamon spiced quick bread filled with apples and fresh cranberries and topped with a pecan streusel.

If you have any other holiday baking inspiration, send it my way. I’m already daydreaming about what should come next.

For now, I’ll be cozied up with a big ol’ cup of coffee and a slice of Apple Cranberry Bread (I’m grabbing the slice with the most streusel!)

Tools Used to Make Apple Cranberry Bread

Happy baking, friends!

Apple Cranberry Bread

Prep Time :20 Cook Time :50 Serves 8     adjust servings
Apple Cranberry Bread - A cinnamon spiced quick bread filled with apples and fresh cranberries and topped with a pecan streusel.

A cinnamon spiced quick bread filled with apples and fresh cranberries and topped with a pecan streusel.

Ingredients

    Bread

    • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
    • 1/4 cup applesauce
    • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 cup finely chopped apple (I left the skin on)
    • 1 cup fresh cranberries (I halved the larger berries)

    Streusel topping

    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 3 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
    • 3 tablespoons melted butter

    Instructions

    Bread:

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan and set aside.

    In a large bowl, whisk oil, applesauce, sugar, eggs and vanilla. 

    In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside 1/4 cup of the dry ingredients. Add the remaining dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir with a spoon or rubber spatula until almost completely combined.

    Toss the apples and cranberries with the reserved 1/4 cup flour, then add to the batter. Stir carefully until fully combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. 

    Topping:

    Stir together all topping ingredients until well combined. Crumble the topping over the batter. 

    Bake for 45-55 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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    Recipe Notes

    I like this bread best served warm.

    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 380kcal Calories from fat 152
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 17g26%
    Saturated Fat 4g20%
    Transfat 0g
    Cholesterol 58mg19%
    Sodium 251mg10%
    Carbohydrate 52g17%
    Dietary Fiber 2g8%
    Sugars 24g
    Protein 6g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Calories2000
    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g

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      Comments

    • Melissa Howell


      I love holiday baking season, too! This bread sounds delicious!

    • Kelly @ Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats


      Looks like the perfect bread for the holidays! Love the colors too. So festive 🙂

    • Erin @ The Speckled Palate


      Welp, this bread looks FANTASTIC! There’s not much more I love than a good ‘ol holiday baked good, and the combination of cranberries and apples just seals the deal for me! Yum!

    • Malinda


      Lol, training like the Olympics, I love it! This bread looks fabulous and I don’t think I could be left alone with this bread either!

    • Danielle Green


      Oooooh, love the combination of cranberry and apple in a bread. Sounds amazing, and I will be trying it soon!

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