I will never understand the cinnamon broomsticks. Every year Trader Joe’s sells these unsweepable decorative cinnamon-scented brooms that this witch would never use to fly outta town. There’s something unnerving about the illustration on them, an old-timey woman sweeping the yard (?) while a human-size turkey (!) lurks behind her shoulder, ready to kill.
So I didn’t buy a haunted broom on this trip. But they’re in stores now, stinking up the place, which means it’s fall and the pumpkin stuff is here too. On to it!
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread Mix
Pretty neat that this is made with sorghum flour, a naturally nutty-sweet flour made from a resilient ancient grain. (Make these cookies plz!) The cake was tender and moist with a spongy crumb, but it leaves a very delicate sandy texture in your mouth and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Add chocolate chips to fix that and generally every other problem.
Chocolate Mochi Cake Mix
You know your corporation is doing something right when your new food products have reputations. Like this cake, which I heard was bad before I even bought it. However, innocent until proven guilty and all that, so I made the cake and ate a warm slice of it and it was mildly chocolaty with bonus—chocolate chips!—and it had that delightful mochi spring in its step. Bounce bounce bounce. I skipped making the peanut butter buttercream (it comes powdered? suspect) out of laziness and a need for warm cake. Maybe the frosting’s the bad part. On day two my cake was dried out and stale, and I chewed it like a cow in a field snacking on grass after three weeks of drought. Mooooooving on.