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4.5 from 2 votes

Cranberry Date Nut Bread

This makes one large loaf or 4 small loaves. Gr8 for gifts!
And no mixer required!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Bread, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Date Nut Bread
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Anna


  • 5 ounces dried cranberries,, about 1 cup
  • 5 ounces dates, seeded and chopped,, about 1 cup
  • 1 ½ cups boiling water
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, , or nut of your choice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla


  • Put the cranberries and dates in a medium bowl and pour the boiling water over all. Let sit for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F
  • Grease and flour one 9"x5"x3" loaf pan or 4 small loaf pans (5½"x3"x2").
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, soda, and salt.
  • Add the nuts to the flour mixture and toss to coat.
  • Lightly beat the egg in a small bowl and then mix in the oil and vanilla.
  • Stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture.
  • Then pour the water with the cranberries and dates into the flour mixture and stir until well combined.
  • Pour into the prepared loaf pan or divide evenly between 4 small loaf pans.
  • Bake one large loaf for 45 to 60 minutes.  The small loaf pans will take from 25 to 35 minutes.
    Bread is done when a pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and cool on rack for 8 minutes. Then remove from pans.
  • And enjoy!


Gr8 Tips:
Make this early in the day, let cool and cover. When ready to eat, slice and reheat in a toaster oven or microwave, or just serve at room temp. Served warm you will taste the warm, sugary fruit, served at room temperature, the nut flavor comes through a little stronger.
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