Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sun-Maid Raisin Bread-A Review

This December, Sun-Maid, the brand behind the classic favourite-Sun-Maid Raisin Cinnamon Swirl Bread, turns 100!

A little background on the company before we get to some really delicious recipes!

Founded in 1912, Sun-Maid is the largest raisin & dried fruit producer worldwide, selling its product to consumers in more than 60 countries around the globe.  As a cooperative, Sun-Maid Growers of California is owned by nearly 1000 family raisin grape growers all located within 100 miles of each other in the Great Central Valley of California.

Ever wonder if the Sun-Maid Girl was a real person?  The answer is YES!  Her name was Lorraine Collett Petersen and she was discovered in May 1915 drying her black curly hair in the sunny backyard of her parents home in Fresno, California.  She was then asked to pose for a painting while holding a basket of fresh grapes.  This image was first applied to the packages of Sun-Maid raisins in 1916.  In 2006, for the first time in 90 years, the Sun-Maid girl stepped out of the package and into life with the release of an animated spot for television.

In honour of 100 years, the company has released a commemorative book, Sun-Maid:Raisins & Dried Fruits, serving the world since 1912, which shares the company's journey, memories and inspired recipes. You can download the book at

How about 2 recipes??

Sun-Maid Cinnamon Raisin Bread Apple Cupcakes

This 30 min, easy to bake dessert is filled with apples, brown sugar and ginger, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.A celebratory and seasonal recipe perfect for the holidays!

Prep Time: 10 mins
Bake Time: 25 min
Makes 12 Cupcakes


12 slices (1 loaf) Sun-Maid cinnamon swirl raisin bread
2 Tbsp melted butter
3 cups 1/4 inch diced tart apples (2-3 medium apples)
3 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsp cold butter, cut in pieces
vanilla ice cream


Preheat oven to 325*F (160*C).  Brush 12 muffin cups with melted butter.  Press one slice of bread into each muffin cup.
Combine diced apple, sugar & ginger.  Divide evenly between bread cups, mounding the top.
Blend together brown sugar & butter with a fork.  Crumble over apples.
Bake until apples begin to soften and the bread is toasted, about 25 min.
Serve each apple cupcake warm or cooled topped with 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Sun-Maid Raisin Bread Banana French Toast

I hope you've enjoyed this post!  Tell me, do you like raisins?  I find with most people they either love'em or hate'em.  I am a raisin lover, myself!  :)

Bye for now!


  1. I like raisins in baking goodies not by its own because I find it too sweet. The French toast sounds really good! :)

  2. Yum!!! I love raisins in certain baked goods. I also loved them in unexpected places in cooking too.

  3. 100 years!? Wow! I loveeee raisins and they're usually gone from all the trail mixes in the house. Haha! I need to make some raisin bread french toast for my Mom! I know she would love it!

  4. Oh gosh, those cinnamon apple cupcakes have me drooling. I LOVE raisins! They're so sweet and are good at sweetening up any baked good :)


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