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Sultana or thompson raisins for raisin bread?

What's the difference? I saw those two kinds at the grocery store, not sure which is best for baking (bread, muffins, cookies, etc)

asked by Annie over 1 year ago

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ChefJune

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added over 1 year ago

I think you usually see Thompsons in purchased raisin breads, but you can use whichever you like!

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Nancy

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added over 1 year ago

Yes both are best.
Not being silly.
OK, a little silly.
The sultanas, often called that in British recipes, more often golden raisins in USA & Canada, are from yellow grapes and are slightly sweeter.
Thompsons are from red grapes.
Choose what you like, what's available, what your eaters prefer.
You may also sub other dried fruits (currant, cranberry, chopped apricot etc) in recipes that call for raisins...because that's what you have on hand, or for variety.

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added 11 months ago

This is 100% wrong. Both are made from the same type of green grapes. The difference is Thompson raisins are dried using the sun, while sultanas are dried using a chemical process. The chemical process is what gives sultanas their yellowish color.

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Nancy

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added 11 months ago

Douglas Kincaide, thank you for the correction about Thompson raisins.

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added 11 months ago

Yes, sultanas have been treated with sulphur to retain color, just like dried apricots.

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QueenSashy

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added over 1 year ago

They will work well. Sultanas are more delicate, thompsons are more robust (roughly speaking), so you can make a selection based on what you will be serving the bread with. Or the flavor profile of your muffins and cookies. Sort of like white wine vs red. If the flavors are more delicate, you could go with sultanas. Bolder flavors land them selves nicely with thompson.

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PHIL

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added 11 months ago

I think the Thompsons just show up better in the bread or whatever your making so they visually may look more appealing.

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