Recipe: Cranberry Nut Bread

Adapted from “Grandma’s Recipes: An Alaska Native Traditional Food Cookbook for Assisted Living Homes” by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium,

As the cookbook states, “Native foods are at the heart of culture and health. They provide close ties to the land, the seasons and the environment. Participating in harvesting preparing, sharing and eating the foods with others contributes to life-long spiritual well-being.”

Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes (15 minutes active)


2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon orange zest
¾ cup orange juice
1 egg, beaten
1½ cup cranberries (wild berries are preferred, but store-bought will work, too)
¼ cup butter or margarine
½ cup walnuts, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
3. Cut in butter or margarine.
4. In a small bowl, stir together orange juice, orange zest and egg. Stir the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients until just moistened.
5. Gently fold in cranberries and nuts. Do not overmix.
6. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread evenly with a spoon or spatula.
7. Bake 1 hour until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
8. Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn onto a rack and cool at least 30 minutes before serving.

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