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When it’s the day after Thanksgiving and you’re left with a dish full of cranberry jelly…

Make this Cranberry Walnut Bread!

Or heck, go ahead and make it for Thanksgiving. Or Christmas. Or any time of the year for that matter.

No-knead, Quick Bread

These little loaf breads are my favorite. They are super easy to make, don’t involve needing to have non-expired yeast on hand and are always moist and delicious.

You can sub in healthier ingredients like whole wheat flour, apple sauce in place of sugar, coconut oil instead of butter and so on. You can experiment with these little loaves to see what you like best and they are very forgiving, meaning they won’t tun into a pile of burnt rubber if you don’t follow the directions to a tee. Just don’t forget the baking powder.

Cranberry Jelly — what to do with it?!

As we threw around ideas about what our menu would be this year, we started talking about all the things you can do with cranberry sauce and if people even really like it or not. We came to the conclusion that people have very different ideas about this beautifully dark red, tart sauce.

Some mix it with butter and spread it on to their rolls (me!), some like it on their turkey, some like it plain and some don’t like it at all. It’s one of those things you want to have because it’s, ya know, tradition.

So this is where you may or may not be left with a giant chunk of uneaten cranberry sauce or you may have a can or two you thought you’d need but didn’t. So, one solutions to only  *huge* problem is to take your leftover cranberry sauce and turn it into a heavenly loaf of cranberry walnut bread, right?

Serve warm, topped with butter.

The Mr. likes his cranberry bread warm and topped with butter. I have to agree, this makes for a melt-in-your-mouth treat but I did sneak in some whole wheat flour, shhh don’t tell.

Share with neighbors.

disposable-load-pans-polka-dotsHave quite a bit of leftover cranberry jelly? Use these cute, oven-safe, disposable loaf pans to share a loaf with friends or family.

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Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Not everyone likes cranberry jelly, so you may find yourself with leftovers. You can hide it in this bread and no one will be the wiser.
Author: Angela G.
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Cuisine: American
Skill Level: Easy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Yield: 1 loaf


  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 14 oz can whole cranberry sauce (ok to use less if using leftovers)
  • 8 oz. crushed pineapples


  • In a medium bowl, mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  • In a separate, larger bowl, cream sugar and butter together. Beat in egg then vanilla, cranberry sauce, pineapples and walnuts then fold in dry ingredients.
  • Pour batter into grease bread pan and bake for 55 minutes at 350˚ or until toothpick comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 464mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg
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Monday 12th of July 2021

point #2: "...cream sugar.."? What is that?

Angela G.

Monday 12th of July 2021

I see how that would be confusing. When you cream butter and sugar, you essentially are just completely mixing the two together. Hope that helps! Thanks for asking.