Sunday, July 22, 2012


I've had this recipe since 2005, and am always asked for the recipe when I bring it to a gathering. We went to a pool party yesterday, and the hostess asked for the recipe. So while I have the recipe out, I thought it was time to share it on my blog. The recipe was created for a Pillsbury baking contest, and you start with a box of date bread mix. (I rarely use a boxed mix, but you really can't tell) The recipe calls for cinnamon chips, which can be found in the baking aisle near the chocolate chips.

1 16- to 17-ounce package date-bread mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1/2 cup cinnamon chips
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 9x5x2-inch metal loaf pan.(I used a ceramic pan - see notes below)

Using electric mixer, beat bread mix and 1/2 cup butter in large bowl until crumbly mixture forms. Transfer 1/2 cup crumb mixture to small bowl; add remaining 2 tablespoons butter and rub in with fingertips until moist clumps form (for streusel). Stir sour cream and eggs into remaining crumb mixture in large bowl. Mix in cinnamon chips, pecans, cinnamon, and allspice. Pour cake batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with streusel. Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 20 minutes. Turn cake out onto rack. Place streusel side up and cool 20 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

NOTES:  I used my Breville counter top oven to bake the bread, and I used the ceramic pan that you see below. I turned the temperature down to 300 after 30 minutes, and baked it for a total of 60 minutes.

Love the streusel!

Even though we have had a hot, dry summer, Joe has been watering my garden at least two times a day and we have plenty of blooms. 

Blooms, Blooms and more Blooms! Summer doesn't get any better than this. 

 Thanks for stopping by! I am joining Seasonal Sundays and Foodie Friday.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. That bread looks heavenly. Love the addition of sour cream. I bet it makes it so moist and the top looks scrumptious! Thank you for sharing your tried and true bread recipe!

  2. This sounds so interesting, different, but totally delicious. I just copied it so I can give it a try.
    Wonderful to have be a part of Seasonal Sundays!

    - The Tablescaper

  3. Debbie, the bread looks fantastic! I bet it smells even better. :D I wish I had bought the PIccadilly loaf cute! Thanks for the tip in case I ever buy one!

    Gorgeous flowers, too!!


  4. Hi Debbie,

    This cake looks and sound delicious, and I love your ceramic bread pan! I'm so glad you shared the recipe with us. :) Your flowers are just gorgeous -- real show-stoppers. Your husband has done a great job of keeping them watered in this heat. We had a big rain last night, a bit of a gully-washer. We've been so fortunate this summer in that we have gotten some nice, soft and steady rainfalls because I know that much of the country, and other parts of our state, are suffering.

    Thanks for your visit and kind comments on my Provence table, Debbie. I hope you have a wonderful week!


  5. I just copied this yummy looking cake, love the streusel top too.. thanks for the recipe. The flower arrangement is gorgeous, happy, fresh and summery. Happy Sunday.

  6. Debbie, I like the sound of this cake. Looks delicious! Guess I'll need to get myself a Piccadilly baker and try this one. ;-)
    I impressed with all your beautiful blooms. You have an amazing garden. They look stunning in your new vase!

  7. You have the best recipes and my husband thanks you fgoe that!!! The flowers are beautiful and the vase is pretty too.

  8. Looks like a fantastic bread, I definitely have to try it. I need to look for the cinnamon chips. Such beautiful blooms, they look so pretty in the M-C vase.

  9. Your flowers are so lovely!! And the bread sounds so tasty - actually anything would taste wonderful baked in that beautiful bread dish!

  10. I don't eat dates often, but I do love recipes with them. This cake sounds wonderful, so it's easy to see why you get asked for the recipe so many times. I love hearing about unusual recipes, so thanks for sharing this one. I appreciate your sweet visit to my blog last night. Have a great week!

  11. Oh Debbie, I love date & nut bread, but have never bought a mix for it. This loaf cake does sound soo delicious. I LOVE your cute loaf pan that you baked it in. Don't you love the Breville toaster oven? I use mine daily. I broke down and bought a mini pie maker ( a Sunbeam one that Target had on sale for 19.99).

  12. It looks delicious in that beautiful loaf pan, Debbie! This sounds like a perfectly delicious recipe.

  13. That looks good, Debbie!
    We have a sprinkler system, but I still have to water the pots on my deck. A daily chore! Good Joe is off all summer todo that for you while you are at work.


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