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Walnut & Cranberry Bread – Diamond of California Nut Fantasy Recipe #DiamondFantasies

walnut breadIt’s holiday baking season which means my kitchen is warm and there are freshly baked goods coming out of my oven. This time of year it feels like all the recipes I am creating makes my dreams come true but comfort foods are my favorite!

Nothing says the holidays quite like fresh cranberries and walnuts. Making fresh sweet bread this time of year not only helps fill our home with a heavenly aroma but with every bite my comfort food dreams have come true! Using Diamond of California Nuts I created a recipe that makes my dreams come true.

walnut bread recipe

Walnut & Cranberry Bread Recipe: 

  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup Diamond of California walnut and cranberry mixture
  • 1 TBSP orange peel
  • 2 1/2 cups  flour
  • 1/2 TSP baking powder
  • 1/2 TSP baking soda
  • 1/2 TSP salt
  • 1/4 TSP fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 TSP cinnamon

nutsTo start this recipe you will want to prepare your fresh cranberry and walnut mixture. In a medium sauce pan combine 2 cup of fresh cranberries and 3/4 cup of sugar. Add in 1 cup of Diamond of California Walnuts and 2 TBSP of orange juice. You’ll want to  cook over medium heat until the cranberries start to pop and the walnuts are toasted.

walnut bread

Once this mix is cooked you’ll want to set it aside while you prep your bread mix.

cranberry walnuts

To create the bread you want to cream together your sugar, eggs and softened butter. Add in flour and your other dry ingredients and mix together. Once your mix has come together  you’ll wnat to fold in the cranberry and walnut mix.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Place in a greased bread loaf pan.

walnut recipeTo bake I simply topped the bread with a sprinkle of brown sugar and more chopped walnuts.

Bake for 50-60 minutes. 

walnuts cran berry bread Once the bread has cooled you can easily slice it into pieces. I topped our slices of bread with a simple orange glaze frosting. 3/4 cup confectioners sugar and 3 TBSP of orange juice!!

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Diamond Nuts. Bake and you shall receive.


“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Diamond Foods via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Diamond Foods.”


  1. natalie on January 24, 2014 at 7:53 am

    this looks absolutely wonderful! would be so yummy around Thanksgiving.

  2. Richard Hicks on January 12, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Looks so tasty. Walnuts are my fav. nut and would love to give this a try!

  3. Rust on December 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    yum yum! this does look delicious! Going to have to try it …

  4. Jean on December 15, 2013 at 6:56 am

    This sounds good, and actually (maybe) a little bit good for you! Yum!

  5. stephanie on December 14, 2013 at 6:31 am

    looks so good

  6. ZA on December 12, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Even though I hate walnuts… this looks amazing! And that frosting looks great and easy to make too.

  7. Sharon on December 9, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    This looks and sounds So good and fresh! Perfect for the Holidays too! Thank you for creating this recipe that I must use for this merry season!

  8. Kristin on December 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks for all the comments!!! It’s a great recipe!

  9. David on December 2, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I like the crunch of a nut inside a bread and the cranberries add a nice sweet and sour flavor to the bread.

  10. Gianna on November 30, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    that looks delicious!

  11. Mer on November 28, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I’ve got some extra cranberries, and this looks like an amazing way to use them. What a festive bread!

  12. Richard Hicks on November 28, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Wonderful looking dish and I am sure is so tasty. Love the presentation!

  13. mrsshukra on November 28, 2013 at 1:09 am

    I want to make this for Christmastime! Thank you!

  14. ellen beck on November 26, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    This looks so good and walnuts are really good for you. This looks festive enough for any holiday table.

  15. Janet W. on November 26, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Yum! All of these ingredients sound delicious and all together is magical!

  16. courtney on November 26, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Picture perfect! Nothing better than a fruit and nut bread 🙂

  17. judy gardner on November 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    my mom loves cranberry bread, and i think the addition of orange zest will make this recipe even better.

  18. susana on November 25, 2013 at 11:44 am

    This def looks amazing!!!! Love how its easy to make since Im not a very good backer. Will def try this at home, and see how it turns out. Thanks for the great review!!!!

  19. Danielle F. on November 25, 2013 at 10:01 am

    This looks sooo yummy and I love the finishing touch with the orange glaze. I actually just got a bag of fresh cranberries for free at my supermarket (sale + coupon) and was looking for something to make with them and this recipe is perfect!

  20. ellen beck on November 25, 2013 at 9:51 am

    This reecipe just screams holiday! It would be great with coffee or cocoa but also with almost aanything. I could see this at either Thanksgiving or Christmas.

  21. Tonia L. on November 25, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Can’t wait to try this. I just bought a bunch of cranberries yesterday! I wonder if I can use this recipe in my breadmaker.?. We shall see! 🙂

  22. Jennifer on November 25, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Making this for Thanksgiving