Every week we pull together some great Canadian recipes from Canadian food bloggers around the web featuring one main ingredient or dish. This week we have a collection of recipes using an ingredient you either love... or hate: raisins!
When it comes to raisins most people either love them or hate them! I may have been one of the only kids who loved getting the little red boxes of Sunmaid raisins in my Halloween trick or treat bag and Glosette Raisins were my favourite movie treat growing up (and possibly still are!).
When it comes to baking the debate can get even more heated. An oatmeal cookie with raisins? Or chocolate chips? And what about that Canadian classic, the butter tart? You're either a passionately pro or anti raisin when it comes to the butter tart. And fruit cake anyone?
We're going to assume that if you've made it here, you are pro-raisin and if so, you'll love this recipe raisin collection we've put together for you. There are, of course, favourite takes on oatmeal raisin cookies and raisin bread but there's sure to be a few new dishes to add to your favourites! And don't forget savoury dishes with raisins - including Sondi's Golden Turmeric and Raisin Rice and Ksenia's Middle Eastern Spiced Cauliflower Soup with Raisins. Raisins pair very nicely with spices like curry, cumin, and coriander in savoury dishes.
We hope you enjoy this raisin recipe collection:
1. Cinnamon Raisin Chocolate Chickpea Bark
Packed with protein this Cinnamon Raisin Chocolate Chickpea Bark from Crumb Top Baking is not only a great energy boosting snack, it would also make a great food gift. You can also freeze so you can make sure you've got some on hand whenever a chocolate craving hits!
2. Apple Raisin Custard Tarts
3. Golden Turmeric Rice with Raisins
by Sondi Bruner
The sweetness of raisins is a perfect complement to the spicy bitterness of turmeric in this Golden Turmeric Rice with Raisins by Sondi Bruner. A great way to spice up your rice!
4. Old Fashioned Golden Raisin Biscuit Cookies
Old Fashioned Golden Raisin Biscuit Cookies from Urb'n'Spice are a throwback to a cookie that's been around for a long time - over 150 years! They look more like a cracker but have a chewy texture but they're delicious. Urb'n'Spice has modernized the recipe and also included gluten free and dairy free versions.
5. Swirled Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Cinnamon raisin toast is always a breakfast favourite but before you can make toast, you need Cinnamon Raisin Bread! Enter this swirled version by Kitchen Divas.
6. Middle Eastern Spiced Cauliflower Soup With Caramelized Onions and Raisins
Full of the toasted flavours of coriander and cumin, this Middle Eastern Spiced Cauliflower Soup With Caramelized Onions and Raisins from At The Immigrant's Table is sure to warm your soul. Once again the raisins make for a perfect sweet contrast to the spicy coriander and cumin!
7. Almond Meal Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
If there's one place where raisins really shine it's in the perfect chewy oatmeal cookie. Add in the flavour of almonds and you have a pretty stellar cookie in these Almond Meal Oatmeal Raisin Cookies by She Bakes Here.
8 Sour Cream Raisin Bars
by Jo and Sue
These rich and creamy Sour Cream Raisin bars from Jo and Sue are packed with raisins and freeze really well. Sour cream in desserts may sound strange but once you've tried baking with it you'll be sold! It can make pies, bars and even muffins out of this world!
9. Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
These Healthy Oatmeal Raisin cookies from leelacious are refined sugar free and made with spelt flour and soft and chewy just like your favourite oatmeal raisin cookie should be!
10. Gluten Free Raisin Pie
No gluten? No problem. Not with Cathy's Gluten Free's Gluten Free Raisin Pie. Did you know Raisin Pie was also know as funeral pie? Check out Cathy's recipe to find out why!
11. Pandolce - Sweet Braided Bread with Raisins
This traditional rustic bread comes from Italy. Pandolce by SugarLoveSpices is a yeast bread that's sweet enough for a dessert or with coffee or tea but also great for breakfast (we suspect it might also make fabulous French Toast!)
12. Apple Raisin Baked French Toast
by How To Eat
If you want brunch that will feed a crowd and give you lots of happy faces, you need to try How To Eat's Apple Raisin Baked French Toast. You can even make it the night before so the morning is a breeze!
13. Soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
by Bite Me More
And you can never have enough Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - here's one more from Bite Me More. Another soft and chewy cookie delight.
14 Cinnamon Raisin Challah
Try a "twist" on a classic challah bread with Compelled to Cook's loaf of Cinnamon Raisin Challah. If you've never had challah before you will love this soft, slightly sweet, fluffy bread. Adding cinnamon and raisins makes it a little extra special!
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