Cranberry Orange Amish Friendship Bread

Cranberry Orange Amish Friendship Bread ♥ by: Friendship Bread Kitchen
Images courtesy Paula Altenbach (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

“Wondering what to do with that lone orange in the fruit drawer? Combine it with fresh or dried cranberries and you can have this marvelous loaf.”

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 16
Yield: 2 loaves

Recipe at a Glance

  • omit cinnamon
  • substitute orange juice for milk
  • add 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • add 1 cup fresh or dried cranberries


1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
3 eggs
1 cup oil
1/2 cup fresh or frozen (reconstituted) orange juice
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1-2 small boxes vanilla instant pudding
1 cup fresh or dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 325° F (165° C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add ingredients as listed.
  3. Grease two large loaf pans.
  4. Dust the greased pans with granulated sugar.
  5. Pour the batter evenly into loaf or cake pans.
  6. Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
  7. ENJOY!

Kitchen Notes

With the addition of chopped nuts, this recipe makes a hearty breakfast muffin. Instead of loaf pans, fill 22-24 cupcake or muffin tins with batter and bake for 25 minutes at 325 degrees.

From Lynda Black (Garland, TX):  “Add 1/2 of a small bag of dried cranberries, 2 teaspoons of orange extract and the zest of one orange to the basic recipe. Bake in prepared muffin pans at 350 degrees until done. Time will depend on the size of your muffin pans.”

From Paula Altenbach (Colorado Springs, CO): “This Cranberry Orange Amish Friendship Bread is stand alone tender. But the addition of Southern Comfort Orange Glaze took it the the next level! The men in the house agreed to slather in on and I caught them nibbling the drips. I believe an orange glaze or even a rum glaze would be spectacular! Baked in Colorado Springs at 6,035’, I cut back to 1/4 baking soda and added 1/3 cup flour to the 2 loaf recipe [to account for high altitude baking]. Studding the top of the loaf with 1/8 cup of the called for cranberries baked in beautifully without burning or sinking in. After lightly greasing the pan, I find adding a strip of parchment paper to create a lift for friendship bread has made for fool proof removal! Go ahead and grease and sugar the paper!”

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Cranberry Orange Amish Friendship Bread ♥

Cranberry Orange Amish Friendship Bread ♥

Cranberry Orange Amish Friendship Bread ♥

Cranberry Orange Amish Friendship Bread ♥

Cranberry Orange Amish Friendship Bread ♥

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  1. This is by far my husband’s favorite bread. The fresh cranberries are what make it. Much better than dried cranberries.

  2. Diane Siniscalchi says:

    Cranberry and orange sounds good.I’d like to try it!

  3. Sherry Atanasoff says:

    I just put this recipe in the oven. I substituted chocolate chips for the cranberries for something different. Hopefully it will turn out great!

  4. So far Cranberry Orange has been my favorite. I split the flour between all-purpose and wheat and they came out with a nice rustic flavor. They are great as muffins too!

  5. Oh my heavens! I just pulled this out of the oven and it is to die for! I always have a bad craving for cranberries around this time of year and the orange complements the cranberry so well. I did cut the sugar to 3/4 cup and did not sugar the pans before baking the loaves. I did only use one pudding and I chopped up the cranberries to give it more cranberry flavor throughout the bread. This beats the tritional Amish bread 10 fold! So glad I found this site and that I now have 7 starters frozen thanks to you! I didn’t know you could freeze them? Can’t wait to try other recipes on here!

  6. Marti Roberson Brewer says:

    Copy and paste it into Word

  7. Marti Roberson Brewer says:

    I used organic applesauce for 1/2 oil, 1/2 coconut organic flour, 1/2 stevia instead of sugar, used food processor to ground cranberries and whole navel orange, used condensed frozen oj (no water added), and pecans. YUM!

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