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Cranberry Apple Streusel Bread

 Cranberry Apple Streusel Bread is an easy quick bread that is tender and moist. The apple adds a nice sweet contrast to the tartness of the cranberries. The lemon drizzle brightens up the entire cranberry bread recipe.

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Angled view of 3/4 a loaf of cranberry apple streusel bread on a white plate over a red napkin. A slice sits in front showing the baked cranberries running through the bread.

I love sweet bread especially the ones with the streusel toppings. I think it’s because I can eat them for breakfast since they’re called bread and not cake. Cranberry Apple Streusel Bread is amazing at any time.

Have you ever wondered how our food combinations got started? Such as Peanut Butter and Jelly or Hamburger and Fries? And then there are the weird ones like Elvis’ Fried Peanut Butter, Banana and Bacon sandwiches. Do you have any weird combinations that you enjoy?

Cranberries and apple isn’t a new combination, and there isn’t anything weird about it.

Cranberry Apple Bread isn’t a new combination but it’s a delicious one which makes me wonder why we only eat cranberries around Thanksgiving and Christmas. I wonder a lot about stuff like that.

Did you know that there isn’t anything in the history of Thanksgiving that correlates cranberries with the holiday? According to the USDA, the nature and value of the cranberry in American cuisine go back to 1672 though.

This cranberry apple loaf recipe is tender and soft with a delicious crunch from that baked streusel topping. It’s a great compliment to a savory meal such as an omelet for breakfast or a cup of soup at lunch.

Cranberry Apple Streusel Bread has a delicious soft center dotted with cranberry and apple. This bread is topped with a thick cinnamon brown sugar streusel. | HostessAtHeart.com

Can you use dried cranberries in this recipe?

You can substitute dried cranberries (craisins) for fresh or freshly frozen cranberries. However, dried cranberries already contain sugar so reduce the sugar in this recipe by 1/4 cup or 1/2 cup total white sugar. Also, most of the moisture has been removed from dried cranberries so you will need to add 1/4 cup of liquid such as the buttermilk. You could also use juice, milk or even water.

Also, the dried cranberries will not bake the same way as fresh cranberries. I generally don’t use them to bake but love them in recipes that aren’t baked such as our Chicken Salad with Yogurt recipe or in a salad like this Apple Pear Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing.

Other Tips and Notes for making this Cranberry Apple bread your own:

  • Many quick bread recipes use a vanilla or cream cheese drizzle. The lemon is a great contrast to this bread or you can leave it off altogether.
  • Add 1/2 cup of chopped nuts to the bread and more in the streusel topping.
  • Wheat flour gives the apple cranberry bread a nutty flavor and because of the additional protein some structure. You can definitely use all white flour in this recipe.
  • Use a pastry cutter to mix up your streusel topping. Using your hands will warm the butter. A good crunchy streusel uses cold butter in this case.
  • Cranberries freeze really well. Buy an extra bag and throw it in the freezer for another loaf of cranberry apple bread.
A slice of Cranberry Apple bread slathered with melting butter sitting on a white plate next to a fork over a red napking

Items you may need to make the perfect Cranberry Apple Bread Recipe:

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  • Mini Food Processor – I love my mini food processor. Cranberries can be difficult to chop since they tend to roll and are small enough that it’s difficult to keep your fingers out of the way. Plus it’s a time saver when chopping nuts or veggies too.
  • Loaf Pans – These are great nonstick pans. Loaf pans aren’t just for bread. They’re great for meatloaf and I use them to bake my acorn squash too.
  • Microplane – I use this tool so much! Of course, it will zest citrus like no body’s business but I love it for garnishing dishes with cheese or chocolate too!
Cranberry Apple Streusel Bread has a delicious soft center dotted with cranberry and apple. This bread is topped with a thick cinnamon brown sugar streusel. | HostessAtHeart.com

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Cranberry Apple Streusel Bread

Cranberry Apple Streusel Bread has a delicious soft center dotted with cranberry and apple. This bread is topped with a thick cinnamon brown sugar streusel.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 18 slices
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

Bread

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar light or dark
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 6 tbsp butter melted and cooled
  • 1 lemon juice and zest
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup cranberries chopped (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup apple chopped

Streusel Topping

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar light or dark
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp butter cold, chopped

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp milk plus 1 if needed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan. You can also line it with parchment paper as I often do and then spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Combine the dry bread ingredients together in a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • In a medium-size bowl, combine eggs, lemon juice and zest, buttermilk and melted butter
  • Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Fold in cranberries and apple.
  • Pour batter into the loaf pan
  • For the Streusel Topping, combine flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in cold butter using two forks or a pastry cutter until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over bread.
  • Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Turn pan halfway through baking. Cool completely in the pan on a wire cooling rack.
  • Remove bread from pan. Combine the glaze ingredients. Add additional milk if the glaze is too thick to drizzle over bread.

Notes

  • Add 1/2 cup of chopped nuts to the bread and more in the streusel topping.
  • Wheat flour gives the apple cranberry bread a nutty flavor and because of the additional protein some structure. You can definitely use all white flour in this recipe.
  • Use a pastry cutter to mix up your streusel topping. Using your hands will warm the butter. A good crunchy streusel uses cold butter in this case.

Nutrition

Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 4.2mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Cranberry Apple Streusel Bread has a delicious soft center dotted with cranberry and apple. This bread is topped with a thick cinnamon brown sugar streusel. | HostessAtHeart.com
Recipe Rating




Lori

Sunday 25th of October 2020

‘This was awesome. My son, who doesn’t like dessert, loved this. I used orange zest and juice instead of the lemon. I will be sharing with friends and family. Thank you for this recipe.

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

Thank you, Lori! We love this bread too!

Mike

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

The tartness of the cranberries and the sweet from the bread and apple flavor makes this outstanding.

Lora

Saturday 23rd of November 2019

Yummy! I love a good quick bread!

Julie Menghini

Saturday 23rd of November 2019

I do too, Lora! Thank you!

elizabeth miller

Friday 22nd of November 2019

This sounds delicious. I never thought about baking cranberry and apple together.

Julie Menghini

Friday 22nd of November 2019

We really enjoyed this mix, Elizabeth!

Pamela

Sunday 17th of November 2019

I love cranberries and apples!! Can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you!!

Julie Menghini

Sunday 17th of November 2019

Thank you, Pamela! It's delicious bread! I hope you will let me know what you think!