Brown Sugar Raisin Glaze

California Raisins don’t have to be used whole to elevate your holiday meal. This sweet and surprisingly versatile raisin glaze works deliciously on ham, chicken, turkey – whatever showstopper you include at the centre of your family dinner table.
  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time15 min
  • Total Time25 min
  • Yield2 cups
  • Energy70 cal


    • 1 cup California raisins
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 8 cloves (whole)
    • 3 allspice berries
    • 2 star anise
    • 1 stick cinnamon
    • ½ cup packed brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch



    In medium saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil. Stir in raisins and butter; bring back to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 8 minutes or until raisins are very tender. Stir in cloves, allspice, star anise, cinnamon, brown sugar, thyme, salt and pepper; bring back to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes or until spices are very fragrant. Remove and discard cloves, allspice, star anise and cinnamon from glaze mixture. 

    In small bowl, whisk together vinegar and cornstarch until smooth. Whisk slurry into raisin mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes or until thickened, shiny and mostly clear.   

    Note: Use raisin glaze for baked ham and serve extra alongside for dipping. Glaze can also be brushed over pork crown roast, whole roast chicken or turkey in the last 10 to 15 minutes of baking.   

    • Nutrition Facts Per Serving

    • 16 servings per container
    • Amount per serving
    • Calories70
    • % Daily Value*
    • Total Fat1.5 g1.92%
    • Saturated Fat1 g5%
    • Trans Fat0 g
    • Cholesterol1 mg0.33%
    • Sodium85 mg3.7%
    • Total Carbohydrate11 g4%
    • Dietary Fiber0 g0%
    • Total Sugars12 g
    • Protein2 g4%
    • Calcium10 mg0.77%
    • Iron0.3 mg1.67%
    • Potassium75 mg1.6%