When I was in college, I became quite familiar with certain sections of Newton, in particular Newtonville, which offered a wealth of stores and cafes. One such bakery and cafe was Bread & Chocolate. Bread & Chocolate is tucked away on a quiet side street just two blocks from the busier Washington Street which runs above the Mass Pike. It offers everything one could want from this sort of establishment: breakfast pastries, coffee and tea, savory lunch fare, a wealth of dessert options, as well as seating.
I had not been to Bread & Chocolate since college and I was curious to see it again. I stopped in a few weeks ago for breakfast. The bakery has garnered a bit of fame in recent months due to the fact that owner Eunice Feller was challenged to a Throwdown with Bobby Flay for her Boston Cream Pie. I’ll have to go back again one afternoon as I have yet to try the Boston Cream Pie.
The croissants looked perfectly flakey and golden brown, but I was intrigued by the more unusual Kugelhopf Morning Bun, a buttery spiral-shaped roll with a hint of lemon and a dusting of cinnamon sugar. It is a touch yeasty like a cinnamon or pecan sticky bun, and is best eaten by unraveling the flakey spiral. It is far more buttery than a cinnamon bun though, and even a tad cakey. Hint of lemon is a spot-on description. If you didn’t know, you might not even detect the lemon. It is nowhere near enough to make this a lemon pastry, just a touch to brighten the flavor of the rich, buttery dough. A final dusting of cinnamon sugar adds a satisfying little crunch and makes this breakfast treat truly decadent.
Bread & Chocolate
108 Madison Ave.