It has been many years since I used a cake mix. To me, they all had an odd taste and I didn't care much for the texture. I've heard they've greatly improved. I'm still not tempted. However, that doesn't include the Williams-Sonoma Spiced Pumpkin Quick Bread. To be honest, I had passed this up as well until one day my friend Sheila came down for a visit and brought me the mix. She declared it delicious! Knowing her prowess in the kitchen, I had no doubt that it would be delicious. It was and is.
This leads me to share with you my foiled plan to prepare a nice treat for our friends who were returning from vacation last week. I knew they'd appreciate finding something for a late arrival treat or for breakfast the next morning. When gathering what was needed to make a coffee cake, I realized that both my baking powder and baking soda was out of date. It was cold outside. I wasn't in the mood to make a trip to the grocery store. I spied the cheerful bag of quick bread mix in the pantry and decided it was my solution. I followed the directions on the package for muffins. I dressed them up with a half cup each of diced orange peel and diced dates. Just before popping them into the oven, I sprinkled the tops with sparkling sugar.