Cranberry Swirl Loaf

Cranberry Swirl Loaf


A slightly tart filling with the sweet streusel topping.


  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 pkg. (1/4 ounce) quick-rise yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries (for filling)
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar (for filling)
  • ¼ cup water (for filling)
  • 1 tbsp butter (for filling)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (for filling)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts, optional (for filling)
  • 2 tbsps all-purpose flour (for topping)
  • 2 tbsps sugar (for topping)
  • 2 tbsps cold butter, divided (for topping)


  1. In a large bowl, mix sugar, yeast, salt and 1 cup flour. In a small saucepan, heat water, milk and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine cranberries, brown sugar and water. Cook over medium heat until cranberries are soft, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in butter, lemon juice and, if desired, walnuts. Cool.
  4. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll into a 20x10-in. rectangle. Spread filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Transfer to a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan, arranging in a slight zigzag fashion to fit.
  5. For topping, in a small bowl, combine flour and sugar; cut in 1 tablespoon butter until crumbly. Melt remaining butter; brush over dough. Sprinkle with crumb mixture. Cover with a towel; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°.
  6. Bake 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).
  7. Confectioners' Sugar Icing (optional): Mix 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar and 1 tablespoon milk. Drizzle over cooled bread. Cranberry-Caramel Icing (optional): Combine 1-1/2 cups cranberry juice and a cinnamon stick in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup. Reduce heat; remove cinnamon stick. Whisk in 1 cup Kraft caramel bits, 1/2 cup at a time, until melted. Remove from heat and stir in 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream; cool. Drizzle over cooled bread.