Fresh Cranberry-Pepita Buttermilk Bread


Tart cranberries, crunchy roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), and a hint of orange zest make an unbeatable combo in this quick stir-together bread.

cranberry buttermilk bread slices

Carson Downing

Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
1 loaf

This cranberry bread is the perfect hostess gift! Wrap the cooled quick bread loaf in plastic wrap, then set in the middle of a dish towl. Fold two ends of the towel over the loaf and tie remaining ends; tuck into folds. Finish with fresh greenery.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 1 ¼ cups fresh or frozen cranberries

  • ¾ cup roasted salted pepitas or pistachios

  • 2 teaspoon tangerine or orange zest


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease an 8x4-inch loaf pan. In a large bowl stir together flour, 3/4 cup of the sugar, the baking powder, soda, and salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture.

  2. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Fold in cranberries, 1/2 cup of the pepitas, and tangerine zest.

  3. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pan. Coarsely chop the remaining 1/4 cup pepitas. In a small bowl combine the chopped pepitas and the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Sprinkle evenly over batter.

  4. Bake about 55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cover with foil the last 5 to 10 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning, if necessary. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

316 Calories
13g Fat
44g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 316
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 358mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 2.8mg 14%
Calcium 116mg 9%
Iron 1.5mg 8%
Potassium 99mg 2%
Folate, total 52.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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