Reminiscent of a Childhood Treat
Ever think about what DeathbedFood is? I do. Constantly, in fact, since I started writing about it. The conclusion I’ve come to is that in many, if not most, cases, DeathbedFood reminds you of your childhood. In my case, my Mom whipping up Betty Crocker “French Breakfast Puffs” or Swedish Tea Ring. Or, more recently, my popping a Kellogg’s Chocolate Fudge Pop-Tart into the toaster oven.
Yes, it’s true. I have a Pop-Tart problem. Especially for the Chocolate Fudge ones. So much so, that I’ve had to go cold turkey on them long ago. Sure, I still see them out of the corner of my eye in the store. But I quickly look away and, instead, focus on the tawdry tabloids – usually located directly across from the cereal isle where the temptation lies.
So, what brought up all of these issues for me? Milo + Olive. Yes, that Milo + Olive on Wilshire in Santa Monica where Zoe Nathan whips up her baked goods from Heaven (Zoe, who has “out baked” herself at Milo according to the LA Weekly).
I’ve been cutting down on gluten (bread, pastries, pasta … basically all the good stuff). I was entertaining recently and decided to stock up on Zoe’s pastries as they’re unquestionably the best in town.
So there I am at Milo, perusing the options, when I spotted it: the Chocolate Bread. Honestly, the bread itself didn’t call out to me as much as the name … CHOCOLATE BREAD … with the girl behind the counter happily listing off all the things you can do with it – primarily toast it, then embellish with butter, nutella … then it went dark. Nutella? That was it. I needed no more. Chocolate Bread it was.
Our guests that day were two teenaged girls whom we served a variety of Zoe delicacies to, including chocolate chip cookies, donut holes, custard danish and brownies. However, the hit of the afternoon, without question, was the Chocolate Toast.
So what makes it so good? For me, it’s that aroma while toasting. “Eau de Chocolate Fudge Pop-Tarte.” And, cooking tip here: as with the Pop-Tarts, keep an eye out so you don’t burn it. There’s a fine line between Chocolate Heaven and burning in Hell.
Despite the similarity in toasting aroma, the Chocolate Bread taste will satisfy any adult Foodie’s palate. Simple, homemade bread with melting chocolate. Definitely DeathbedFood – and a Holiday treat any LA Foodie can have year-round thanks to Zoe.