Merry Christmas Everyone

Have some Cranberry Cream Cheese Bread

I make this every year and get asked for the recipe all the time so here it is. This is a holiday tradition at our house. It’s also a tradition for me to take to work on our last work day before Christmas.

Very easy and very yummy

  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg – beaten
  • 1 2/3 cups Milk
  • ¼ cup Cooking Oil
  • 1 cup Chopped Fresh Cranberries
  • 3oz. Cream Cheese – cut into small (1/4 inch or so) chunks (I use a wire cheese cutter)
    ** Edited to add that the 3 oz. packages of cream cheese are no longer available so you’ll have to make your best guess with a portion of a larger package.

In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. In another mixing bowl combine beaten egg, milk, and cooking oil. Add to flour mixture, stirring just till combined. Stir in cranberries and cream cheese chunks.

Pour bread batter into a greased loaf pan or pans. Bake in a 350° oven according to size of loaf pans or until toothpick inserted near the center or centers comes out clean.

One 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan — 1 to 1 ¼ hour
Two 7½ x 3½ x 2 inch loaf pans — 40 to 45 minutes
Six 4½ x 2½ x 1½ inch loaf pans — 30 to 35 minutes

Cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Remove and cool thoroughly on wire racks. Wrap and store overnight before slicing. Makes 1 large loaf, 2 small loaves, or 6 mini loaves.

Optional add ins:

  • The original recipe includes 3/4 cup chopped nuts, but I think nuts taste like dirt so I don’t add them.
  • You can also stir in 2 teaspoons of finely shredded orange peel, but I think it tastes just fine without that.