Grandmother’s Famous Cranberry Bread

We have been enjoying an assortment of Thanksgiving books, most stories on the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, but our favorite has been Cranberry Thanksgiving- an old out of print book by Wende and Harry Devlin.

My favorite page. We all need to embrace this a little more; worn carpets and mismatched spoons aren’t worth spoiling friendships and sharing moments – and meals – together.

At the end of the book the grandmother’s secret cranberry bread recipe is shared and the boys have been asking to make it for the past week.

We spent last evening making Grandmother’s Famous Cranberry Bread and it is delicious – so incredibly good! If I had nothing else to do I would make some flavored butter to go along with the cranberry bread. But plain butter will have to suffice and is pretty delicious.

Grandmother’s Famous Cranberry Bread

Grandmother’s Famous Cranberry Bread


  • 2 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp grated orange peel
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups light raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped


  1. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda into a large bowl.
  2. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Add egg, orange peel, and orange juice all at once; stir until mixture is evenly moist.
  3. Fold in raisins and cranberries.
  4. Pour into a greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.
  5. Bake at 350F for 1 hour {check and bake for ten more minutes if it's not done.}
  6. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto cooling rack and let cool completely.

{Lick the spoon when done}

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3 Replies to “Grandmother’s Famous Cranberry Bread

  1. I never comment on your blog – I follow it because Donna does.

    But I have to say I LOVE THAT BOOK! We did it for Library every year. Depending on how many people we had and what the budget was, I would make it ahead of time and share at the end of the book, or we'd mix it up and then I'd produce the finished product.

    Lots of good lessons in that book.

    1. Thanks for commenting! 🙂 And how fun to have made this recipe year after year! You\’ve created some special memories for lots of children!!

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