Tim’s Cranberry Orange Bread by Maddie Day

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Mac Almeida’s boyfriend, baker Tim Brunelle, makes this yummy quick bread for his bakery, Greta’s Grains in Westham on Cape Cod. Bake a day ahead of time for easiest slicing.


  • 1 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cups unbleached white flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Zest and juice of one orange. If juice doesn’t equal 3/4 cup, add orange or cranberry juice to supplement
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cup chopped nuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9”-x-5” loaf pan with butter.
  2. Chop cranberries in a food processor or by hand.
  3. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center and stir in the egg with a fork. Add the juice, buttermilk, oil, cranberries, and nuts, and stir until just mixed. Do not beat or overmix.
  4. Pour batter into the loaf pan. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, until a knife or toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean and the bread starts to pull away from the edges of the pan. Remove it from the oven and let cool on rack for fifteen minutes, then turn it out of the pan to cool completely.
  5. Enjoy with butter or cream cheese and a cup of your favorite coffee.

Photograph from the Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder blog, where the recipe was first published.

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