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Glazed Cranberry & Crystallized Ginger Loaf (Quick Bread)

This glazed cranberry and ginger loaf is fantastic with a cup of tea or coffee, at breakfast or as an afternoon snack.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Cooling TIme1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Breads, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cakes and Cupcakes
Servings: 12 Slices
Calories: 291kcal



  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ⅓ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries picked over
  • ¼ cup finely chopped crystallized ginger


  • ¾ cup powdered confectioner's sugar
  • 4 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • pinch salt


  • For the bread, preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 8½- by 4½-inch loaf pan with butter or cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl, using a hand mixer) set on a medium speed, beat together butter, sugar and lemon zest until light and fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating to combine after each addition.
  • Turn the mixer to low and gradually add the flour mixture and milk. Beat until just combined.
  • Take care not to overbeat or the bread will be tough.
  • Remove the bowl from the mixer and, using a rubber spatula, stir in the cranberries and chopped crystallized ginger.
  • Pour the batter into prepared pan and level with a spatula.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only a few crumbs attached, 50 to 60 minutes. Let the bread sit in the pan for 10 minutes.
  • Run a knife around the outside and turn the pan upside down to release the bread. Let cool on a wire rack for 1 hour, then glaze.
  • For the glaze: In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, lemon juice and zest, and salt until combined. Drizzle over cooled quick bread.


Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1.1mg