Wholemeal Cranberry and Almond Bread (Eggless)

Quick breads are a boon, esp. to some people like me who have deepest passion for baking but cannot spend a lot of time in the kitchen, thanks to hectic lifestyle. Although I love to make yeasted breads like these, a quick bread which does not require me to proof is a boon! Satisfy the passion without head breaking! :) So while I do try a lot of breads, I also like to keep the health point in check.

I dont like to consume too much of those All Purpose Flour goodies drenched in butter to0 much. Balance and Equation more often than not helps.Among those time, baking with lots of vegetables/fruits/dry fruits is a good option and this wholemeal Cranberry and Almond Breads are in the forefront for me.You have to make to believe that something as healthy as this, can in fact taste so good. This is another recipe from my neighbor's notes and which I customized a wee bit to suit my pantry stock! It has no butter and the fat included is minimal. Give it a try.

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  • Yields: Makes one 9X5 inch loaf
  • 1 cup cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups of Orange Juice
  • 1/2 cup raisins,chopped or whole
  • 1 tbsp grated (undyed) orange peel
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1-1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat (bread) flour
  • 2-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 3/4 chopped almonds
1. In a saucepan, mix cranberry, raisins, orange peel, juice and honey and bring it to a boil.
2. Stir in the oil, remove from heat and let it cool.
3. Sift the flours, leavening and salt along with wheat germ.
4. Add the liquid mixture, stir and fold in the nuts. Mix well until incorporated
5. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake in a preheated 375F Oven. Bake for 20-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Make sure you are not piercing a cranberry.
6. Let the loaf rest on a wire rack for few minutes before turning it out from the pan.
7. It tastes much better the next day. Enjoy this as a healthy snack in the evening instead of reaching out for chips!

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By Nivedhanams on Oct 11, 2012

Hi All, Made this yummy and healthy bread!!! Tasted awesome!! I have posted it on my blog - http://nivedhanams.blogspot.in/2012/10/almond-and-cranberry-whole-meal-bread.html. Please share your valuable comments. Thanks Sowmya


By yokeng on Mar 14, 2015

:wink: i did not know bread do not need to use yeast.

Quick breads don't. --DK

By Serene on Oct 6, 2011

Do I need to knead the mixture into a dough? You mention batter so I'm not sure?

Its not a dough, its actually a batter consistency. So you just need to pour it in the pan :)

By Serene on Oct 6, 2011

Do I need to knead the dough?

By ALKA on Feb 22, 2010

Hi DK! I tried it yesterday n thot wud let u know how it turned out.... The GOOD part (most important)- husband n kids loved it....totally!! the AREA OF CONCERN (there's no "bad" part here:) - It is not very moist according to me, after a day. Also, The upper crust broke quite a lot, which I think may be becoz of the same reason - dryness - I'm not sure; another thing was that the crust turned almost black before the bread got baked.....so the crust tastes a bit "burned".... I used whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour in equal propotions, instead of the proportions mentioned in the recipe(can't bear to use too much of all-purpose flour!) n I also used orange juice almost 2 cups to compensate for the dense whole wheat flour.... Plz tell me where did I go wrong....

By ALKA on Feb 18, 2010

Hi DK! Have been trying ur recipes for some months now though this is my first post. Being fanatical(well, almost!!) about healthy whole grain, low fat stuff, I find a lot of recipes very useful! Thanx 4 dat:)) For this recipe, can we use dried cranberries....have a big packet of them lying in my fridge, n we dont get fresh ones here in bangalore, India. Also, I plan to use whole wheat flour(atta) - 2 cups, instead of specific flours u mentioned since we don't have them here. will it be fine or do I need to change other ingredients in some way? Look forward to hearing from you....thanx!

Hi Alka - thanks for your feedback, appreciate it :) As for substituting for fresh ones, for most recipes dried cranberries do work with decent results. For every 1 cup of fresh cranberries use 3/4 cup of dried. Also further, soak the dried cranberries in some warm water for about 20-30 minutes and then use it in the recipe. You can use Wheat flour as it is - only that it will provide a denser bread and not fluffy. If thats ok, you can def. use full whole wheat. But if you are not too sure about (since its first time testing this recipe) you can use all purpose flour instead of pastry flour. Hope this helps :) --DK

By Jyothy on Feb 4, 2010

HI, Just want to know if you need whole wheat bread flour or just whole wheat flour or bread flour? Instead of wheat germ, can you use bran? Thanks.

Hey Jyothi - You can use whole wheat flour too. Bread flour helps to make the texture softer but for this recipe using whole wheat does not really affect the outcome of the recipe. And yes you can use bran. In fact I love using bran cos it gives such a chewy texture to the bread. :) --DK

By veena on Nov 19, 2009

Do we need to add any sugar to this recipe?

No we dont. The sweetness comes from the honey. This bread is tangy and sweet thanks to orange, cranberry, raisins and honey.--DK

By Sana on Oct 23, 2009

Will surely try it out soon... Thanks :wink:

By Sana on Oct 20, 2009

Can ordinary wheat flour be used? What exactly is whole wheat pastry flour? :-|

Whole wheat pastry flour is made from soft-wheat and is very fine textured. It has high starch content too. Since it is milled with some bran and germ intact (unlike the white all purpose flour), it is nutritious when added to baked goods. They are lighter than whole wheat hence they make lighter cakes, pastries and cookies than whole wheat which make the end result more dense. To make an ideal substitute (to avoid the dense product- if you want to) go for half wheat and half all purpose flour. If you don't mind a dense and heavy product, then make a complete wheat flour substitute. But it would require a little more liquid than what I have mentioned in the recipe. May be 1-2 tbsp more of the orange juice etc. Hope this helps :) -- DK

By Asha on Feb 12, 2009

Beautiful flavorful bread!! Photod are so good! :)

Guess what? I just made Idli batter in Ultra! OMG!!! So fluffy!! Why did I wait all these yrs!!!! Only thing is I should have bought a smaller 1.2L Ultra, since this is 8 cup capacity, but Arvind made me order the big one! :P

By Siri on Feb 12, 2009

What a coincidence babes!!! I noted the exact SAME recipe yesterday. the bread looks sooooooo beautiful Dhivs.


By MeetaK on Feb 12, 2009

looks absolutely d'lish! love the flavors here!

By Priya on Feb 12, 2009

Bread look gorgeous with cranberries n almonds...

By Madhu on Feb 12, 2009

i like bread with dried fruits.Will give it a try..im craving for a slice of this bread now ..

By rekhas kitchen on Feb 12, 2009

wow that looks simply superb

By notyet100 on Feb 11, 2009

i think i will try this today,..;-)

By Vaidehi on Feb 11, 2009

Bread looks nice..and very healthy ..


By Sunshinemom on Feb 11, 2009

Looks so good!! We don't get WW pastry flour here, but branded attas work quite well. I want to have a slice of that bread now!

By DK on Feb 11, 2009

Well Arfi - making yummy recipes which you can include in the middle of your unbelievable dieting is one challenge that I am taking up :)

Pavani - what can i say except that friends do think alike :) You can use either..I made mine with wheat flour..works perfect :) and yes healthy to boot too

By Pavani on Feb 11, 2009

One clarification: I can use either whole wheat flour or bread flour? right??

By Pavani on Feb 11, 2009

How did u know DK?? I was looking for a bread recipe to make with the bag of cranberries that I have had for a while now. Thank you so much for the recipe.. will make this very soon.

By Arfi Binsted on Feb 11, 2009

That looks good. I like that you include many fruits in it. I still can't eat wheat and grains, so well...