Share the love this Thanksgiving with the gift that keeps on giving. Orange cranberry tea bread is a thoughtful hostess gift not only because it’s homemade (by you), but also, it’s a nice addition to the Thanksgiving table or a hassle-free gift for breakfast the following morning. While you’re at it, make an extra so you’re all set for breakfast too.

Pantry ready: You probably already have most of the ingredients for this recipe and it only requires one bowl and one spoon making it fast and easy as well as seasonal.

Not just for Thanksgiving: The fresh cranberries in this bread make it an obvious choice for Thanksgiving, but it’s also first-rate year around. Cranberries can last for months in the freezer, so buy a few extra bags now while they’re plentiful (it’s kind of fun to have cranberry bread on a warm Summer day).

Wrap it up: So many options for a pretty presentation. Here are a few, but use your imagination, 1) The frugal baker: wrap in wax paper like a present and recycle a ribbon from a previous gift 2) The crafty baker: Go to Michael’s and peruse the baking accessory aisle for plastic treat bags and boxes all sized perfectly for loaf breads. 3) The “momalicious” baker: have your kids draw their finest Thanksgiving creation on a paper lunch bag and slip the bread right in. Seal with a sticker forgotten in the junk drawer.

Orange Cranberry Tea Bread
Orange cranberry tea bread is a real workhorse recipe. Great for breakfast, snack or dessert. It makes a great hostess gift too!

Orange Cranberry Tea Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 6-8


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Zest from one orange
  • Juice from 2 oranges (1 cup)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 oz. fresh cranberries (1/2 bag)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine (with a wooden spoon or a sturdy whisk) sugar, melted butter, orange zest, juice, and egg. Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix to combine. Fold in cranberries. Pour batter into a prepared (buttered and floured or coated with baking spray) standard loaf pan. Bake 50 minutes to 1 hour until tester comes out clean. Cool slightly before removing from pan.