I haven’t really finished being over the whole Thanksgiving thing, I mean, I am still buying a lot of cranberries?? Why?? I just love cranberry sauce and I will keep making it until I am tired of eating it which should be really soon….but until then I am baking Cranberry Applesauce Bread and because I don’t have enough applesauce for my recipe, I am adding….drumroll…you guessed it…cranberry sauce! Just a bit , for color, for fun, for fun flavor! A bread this moist deserves a medal, an award, a speech. I do declare this bread to be the winner of cranberry breads, said in my most royal of royal voices, eaten with my most royal of royal teas, why Earl Grey I declare! Okay, now you know I am not British, but this bread is delicious. It’s an easy quick bread that is great for when you are having tea parties or just want a loaf of yummy Cranberry bread!

Makes One large loaf or two small loaves

2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
1 tablespoon plus 2/3 cup sugar, divided
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup cranberry sauce
1/4 cup milk
1 cup walnuts, chopped


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, toss the cranberries with the 1 tablespoon sugar and set aside. In a large bowl, cream the butter and remaining 2/3 cup sugar. Beat in the egg and vanilla. In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, combine the applesauce, cranberry sauce and milk. Add the flour mixture and the applesauce mixture alternately to the creamed mixture. Beat well. Stir in the cranberries and walnuts. Pour into 1 large or 2 small greased loaf pans. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack and let cool before slicing.

Recipe adapted from Yankee

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  1. I am never over the whole cranberry thing! I make cranberry sauce and freeze it, to last the whole year. And if it doesn’t last the whole year, I have frozen cranberries that I can use to make it. And this bread sounds wonderful, so I need to buy more cranberries to freeze. Thanks for sharing your great bread. :)

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