Today is a good, make that great, day. For a few years now, my grocery store of choice, Wegmans, had stopped making Chocolate Cherry Bread. We would look plaintive at the bakery and ask when they’d be making it again. “It’s seasonal,” they replied cryptically. Seasonal? What season? Spring turned into summer, fall to winter, and never was it the right “season” for Chocolate Cherry bread. Frankly, I’d given up hope. Like Santa and the Easter Bunny, Chocolate Cherry bread became a fond myth, a touchstone of earlier, happier times. But today, wonder of wonders, the elixir of life is back on the shelves at Wegmans. For how long, I dare not ask. I’ll just eat it for three meals a day while it lasts.
What’s so wonderful about Chocolate Cherry bread, you ask? Well, first there’s the crisp outer crust dusted with confectioner’s sugar, then the soft, moist interior made with rich, dark chocolate with extra chocolate bits and plentiful tart cherries. Spread a slice with mascarpone cheese and…..ummmm. It’s not as sweet as cake but so much more decadent than bread. It’s truly the finest quality bread I’ve eaten in the United States, make that the WORLD.
Today’s expression, c’est comme du bon pain, (seh come due boh pahn), literally means “it’s like good bread,” but figuratively means “it’s bliss.” Obviously Chocolate Cherry bread was the inspiration for this saying. Wegmans, if you’re reading this, please don’t take my Chocolate Cherry bread away. I promise to try to be a better person.