• Cooking Time: 60 to 70 minutes
  • Servings: 12 slices
  • Preparation Time: 80 minutes


  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1½ cups sharp cheddar cheese (grated by hand)
  • 1½ cups mild cheddar cheese (grated by hand)
  • 2 cups halved fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Grease two 9x5x3 inch loaf pans.
  • In mixing bowl cut shortening into flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and orange peel.
  • Add orange juice and water, blend in with eggs and cheeses.
  • Fold in cranberries and nuts.
  • Pour into the two loaf pans until each are 3/4 full.
  • Bake in prepared loaf pans for 60 to 70 minutes.
  • When done place pans on wire racks for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove breads from pans and let set another 30 minutes before wrapping them in plastic wrap and aluminum foil.
  • Place in refrigerator for at least 8 hours before slicing.
  • When you prepare more than 2 loafs, place dry ingredients including shredded cheese, cranberries and walnuts in seperate containers until you are ready to make the second badge then repeat the process.


We have preparing Cranberry-Walnut-Cheese breads for Christmas since 1970, and our nieces consider this one of their favorite Christmas breads.

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