Chocolate Cranberry Quick Bread with Pecans comes together quickly, and it's chock full of creamy, chewy and crunchy ingredients. It's perfect for to serve for all of your autumnal gatherings.
When you're looking for something a little sweet but not cloyingly so, this Chocolate Cranberry Quick Bread with Pecans fits the bill, perfectly.
With the holidays fast approaching, you might want to consider giving a few of these Chocolate Cranberry Quick Breads as gifts. Wrapped well, they'll hold in the freezer for one to two months, meaning that you can bake them up in advance, and then when time is at a premium in the month of December, you'll have one less thing to stress over. Relax. You've got this!
This quick bread can also be tailored to your tastes, or the tastes of the people on your gift list. If you prefer a nut free option, leave the nuts out entirely. If you prefer walnuts to pecans, do that instead. If white chocolate is better suited to your tastes, swap white chocolate chips for the semi-sweet chips. I'll never tell. And, if you're not a fan of dried cranberries, leave them out altogether, or use raisins instead. The choices are yours so don't be afraid to experiment. I give you my complete permission!
The following step-by-step photos will walk you through the process of making Chocolate Cranberry Quick Bread with Pecans.
In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl with a hand mixer), cream together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Add an egg, vanilla, and evaporated milk to the butter and sugar mixture and blend until combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and blend until completely incorporated.
Add the chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and chopped pecans to the batter and stir until fully combined. Spoon the batter evenly into a prepared loaf pan that's been sprayed with baking spray. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes and then turn the bread out onto a rack to cool completely before slicing.
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Chocolate Cranberry Quick Bread with Pecans
- ½ cup butter softened to room temperature (1 stick)
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup evaporated milk
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup cried cranberries
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare a loaf pan by spraying with baking spray. Set aside.
- Cream the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a stand mixer (with the paddle attachment), or in a large bowl with a hand mixer.
- Add the egg, vanilla, and evaporated milk to the creamed butter and sugar mixture and blend on low to incorporate.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
- Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and slowly blend until the mixture is completely blended (scraping down the sides as needed).
- Add the chocolate chips, cranberries and chopped pecans to the batter and stir well to combine.
- Evenly spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
- Remove the pan to a cooling rack for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes turn the bread out of the pan and allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.
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8½ - 9" loaf pan
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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!
this looks delish!
Thank you so much, Kimberly! I hope you enjoy the recipe!
Lauren @ Hall Nesting says
This gets me in the holiday spirit!
Me too. I almost feel guilty about is since it's only September...but that's okay! 🙂
My sons would have preferred if I'd left out the dried fruit, too. When I tell them that you can't even taste them, their response is always "why'd you put them in there then?" LOL
Joanie @ ZagLeft says
I would love to start my day with a slice of this bread. You just can't go wrong with cranberries and I love that you added the crunch of nuts and chocolate.
I'm a nut for a nut. I add them whenever I can! Thanks, Joanie!
Kim Beaulieu says
This is wonderful Renee. I love quick breads and can never get enough of them during fall and winter. This recipe is amazing.
Thanks, Kim. I appreciate that!
Erin @ Texanerin Baking says
This bread looks fantastic! I'd love to receive a loaf as this as a gift. Edible presents are the best, aren't they?
I agree 100%, Erin. Thanks!
Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
Oh, that looks and sounds fabulous, Renee, I can imagine how wonderful your kitchen was smelling while it was baking!
Half of the fun of baking is the smell in the house! Thanks so much, Kimberly!
consider adding some shredded coconut to this! It tastes great with your flavor combination
and adds some moisture to the quick bread. Can add a bit of cinnamon sugar, and
Thank you. I love adding coconut to quick bread too. I actually have a muffin recipe coming up that I plan on adding it to.
Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen says
Yum, I'm so ready for these fall flavors!
You and me both, Heather!
Lauren Kelly Nutrition says
This is one gorgeous bread! The more cranberries, the better!
I couldn't agree more!
The bread looks fantastic, and I love the idea of making it in advance for gifts!
As long as it's wrapped well, it will keep for months in the freezer.
Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish says
Nothing screams fall like cranberries and pecans!!! YUM.
I couldn't agree more, Kelly! Thanks.
Jessica @Savory Experiments says
This is the perfect comfort food and just screams FALL! I can't wait to try it out!
I know you'll love it, Jessica! Thanks.
I love the combination of the cranberry chocolate! I am going to be baking soon!
I hope you do, Krista. I know you'll love it!
I just might make this today! I love all these flavors together!
They're pretty much staple ingredients which is nice because you don't really need to plan in advance.
I hope you enjoy it, Stephanie!
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
You can't go wrong with cranberry bread! I love that you added chocolate and pecans for extra crunch. I could start every single day of fall with a slice of this bread!
Thank you so much, Ashley. I'm glad you like it. I'm all about nuts in quick breads!
Kacey @ The Cookie Writer says
I so need this bread around when I have a craving for sweets and want to try and stay healthy (I am so bad for sweets!!) Wish I had a slice right now!
I agree, Kacey. It's not overly sweet, but it definitely takes the edge off a craving.
We have a bake sale fundraiser coming up - I think this would be a great option for me to make! Thanks for the great recipe.
My pleasure, Christine. I never thought of it as a bake sale item, but I really think that's a great idea!
Brenda@ Sugar-Free Mom says
The most loveliest of fall breads and a quick bread at that is even better!
Thank you so much, Brenda!