Some tastes are so closely aligned with the holiday season that the holidays feel empty without them. What would Christmas be without peppermint, eggnog and cranberry? I guess we could try to substitute with a little more chocolate. LOL
This sweet eggnog cranberry bread hits a few of those notes. Cranberries and eggnog plus a little white chocolate. The eggnog provides its unique richness to the bread, while the dried cranberries and white chocolate provide sweet and tart highlights in every bite.
I’ll work on peppermint another time LOL.
Why I love this recipe
Every holiday season, I buy eggnog. It seems like something you’re supposed to have on hand, right? But I don’t typically just drink it, except for the occasional eggnog cocktail.
So I wanted to find other things to make with it. And this bread is perfect! It’s moist, sweet and tart, filled with the tastes of the season. Cranberries, eggnog and white chocolate. Perfect!
How to make this cranberry bread with eggnog
This is a quick bread, so named because they are breads that do not use yeast, so you’re not waiting for the bread to rise, etc. Quick for sure!
You simply mix the ingredients, wet together first, then combine the dry separately before adding it in.
I like to have that combination done and well mixed before adding the key flavors: cranberries and white chocolate chips. Mix these well to evenly distribute.
This bread goes in a loaf pan, I used a 9x5 but I think an 8x4 could accommodate the batter. Any smaller, you’ll need to make 2 loaves.
Grease the pan or line it with parchment paper. I’ve tried both; either works great.
Bake the loaf for 55-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. In my oven, 58 minutes is just right.
Let the loaf cool a little, then melt a little more white chocolate and drizzle it over the top for a lovely finishing touch.
You can definitely use fresh cranberries to make bread. I made it using both just to see how they would compare. I found that I really preferred dried cranberries for the simple reason that fresh cranberries float! This batter is relatively thin, so the fresh cranberries just floated to the top of the batter in the pan. When the bread was baked, the slices showed cranberries just on the top edge. With dried cranberries, they distributed more evenly.
Say whaaaaat??? LOL
Of course you can skip the white chocolate, both inside and on top. If you prefer regular or dark chocolate, give that a try. Nuts? Sure! Walnuts always go well with cranberries. Make it your own!
Oooh that’s on my list to try! I’ve successfully made air fryer banana bread, and the same directions should work. This recipe will make multiple loaves of the size used for my air fryer. I suggest halving the recipe to make a single smaller loaf. If you try this before me, let me know how it goes!
More cranberry recipes for your holiday season!
- Cranberry sauce from dried cranberries
- Cranberry sauce bars
- Grapefruit cranberry cocktail
- Cranberry apricot sauce
- Cranberry sauce cocktail
Eggnog Cranberry Bread
- ⅓ cup canola oil
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup eggnog
- 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ¾ cups flour
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Zest of one orange 1-2 tablespoons
- 1 cup white chocolate chips divided
- Optional ~2 tablespoons brown sugar and extra cranberries, for garnish.
- In a large bowl, mix the oil, 1 cup brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, orange zest and eggnog.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
- Add the dry mixture to the wet, beating until well combined.
- Fold in the dried cranberries and ½ cup of white chocolate chips.
- Grease a 9x5 loaf pan (or line with parchment paper), then pour in the batter.
- Sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons brown sugar and additional cranberries, if desired.
- Bake for 55-60 minutes at 350F, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Remove from pan and cool on a rack for about 20 minutes.
- Melt the remaining ½ cup white chocolate chips in the microwave, in 20-30 second intervals, and stir until smooth.
- Drizzle the white chocolate over the top of the bread.
- Slice to serve. Store leftovers in the fridge and enjoy within 3 days.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.