the things she carried

…somewhere in the middle of the country, a few thousand miles from home. My bag is heavy with books, laptops, cameras and a very special loaf of freshly baked chocolate bread (from Back in the Day!). The bread is rich and not too sweet…studded with melting nuggets of creamy dark chocolate and sprinkled with crunchy turbinado sugar.

I have big plans for this bread involving a mixture of eggs, vanilla and milk, a screaming hot skillet and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. I’m imagining the chocolate chunks will melt deliciously, and there may be a very necessary need for freshly caramelized bananas on top.

When my masterpiece is done, I’m imagining I’ll pour a strong cup of french press coffee and eat forkful after forkful, in a full on chocolate coma. After, I’ll run my finger down the plate, getting the last bit of maple syrup and smear of chocolate before starting my morning.

….but, I can only imagine.

There’s about a 67.8% chance this bread will never see San Francisco.

It’s gonna be a long flight.

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  • Traci
    October 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Yum! Have a good trip.

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    October 30, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Wow. Chocolate bread. I’ve never even heard of that. It actually looks just like the bread they serve at Outback Steakhouse. That dark rye or something?

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    October 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    chocolate bread for french toast, wow. i’d imagine an amazing french toast casserole mmm

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Chocolate bread just sounds divine.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    October 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Oh man – how delicious does that bread look? I love chocolate b read – awesome!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    October 30, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Amazing. Chocolate coma for sure!

  • theemptynut
    October 30, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I’ve had bread like that x 1000 slices with a full tub of hummus in just the span of a maybe 20 mins today…in my tummy…..and chocolate…every day and night…no control….like with most foods….hmmm….

  • Alexia@ Dimple Snatcher
    October 30, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    true story: i’ve never heard of chocolate bread!

    interesting. thanks for adding to my greedy.

  • Jenny H
    October 30, 2010 at 4:08 pm


    please let us know if you ever come up with a recipe that makes something similar to that bread – because it looks absolutely amazing! 🙂

  • Camille
    October 30, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    That bread looks incredible!

  • Angie (My Life in Bites)
    October 30, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    That chocolate bread looks INCREDIBLE! Mmmmm….

    Glad that my home state of Georgia showed you a good time!

    Oh, and I LOVE O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. I’m just assuming that’s where you got your title!

  • Angie (My Life in Bites)
    October 30, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    That chocolate bread looks incredible! So glad that my home state of Georgia could show you something delicious!

    Oh, and I love The Things They Carried! I’m just assuming that’s where you got your title!

  • Mom
    October 30, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Miss you honey!! Enjoy that bread 🙂

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    October 30, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    freshly caramelized bananas on top of ANYTHING sounds awesome…and so does the bread.

    And yes, that’s a very long plane ride. If the bread were riding shotgun with me, there’s no way it would make it home to CA b/c the inflight movie just wouldn’t hold my attention like that bread would 🙂

  • Sohara
    October 30, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Chocolate bread? Oh, wow. Oh, oh wow. I feel like you are about to have the most amazingly blissful chocolate-coffee-maple-syrup-banana extravaganza EVER. I cannot even imagine. I am trying, and all that comes out is longing.

  • Jenny
    October 30, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    i must make this immediately!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    October 30, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I can’t wait to see your creation 🙂

  • Meaghen
    October 30, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Have a safe flight.

    Chocolate chip bread french toast would be amazing!!!

  • A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    October 30, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I love seeing Mommy comments on blogs. 🙂 My mom comments on mine as well.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    October 30, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Your plans for this bread sound beyond perfect.

    I especially love your plan to make sure no morsel of food is left on the plate 🙂

    Have a safe flight home 🙂

  • Errign
    October 30, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I would be all over that french toast!

    Hope you have a safe uneventful flight filled with good eats!

  • The Wife of a Dairyman
    October 30, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Wow! I could do some damage on that bread…..maybe with some peanut butter?!
    Have a great flight:)

  • Therese
    October 30, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    If you ever visit Kansas City (or I’m ever in your neck of the woods) we should totally hang out! I’ve been known to smuggle loaves of chocolate cherry bread home from Central Market in Ft. Worth, TX!

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa
    October 30, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    yum. Chocolate bread. THAT makes for a delicious flight!

  • e m l
    October 30, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Did you or your mom make it? Looks like a dark rye or pumpernickel – yum!

  • stacey-healthylife
    October 30, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    That just gave me a fantastic idea for tomorrow morning.

  • hippierunner
    October 30, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    I am going to be so sad if we don’t get pictures of that amazing concoction! Yum!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate)
    October 30, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Wow, I don’t know if anything could get better than bread and chocolate together!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    October 30, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    That sounds like an amazing meal. I love caramelized bananas – they’re like candy 🙂

  • Kristin
    October 30, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    O’Brien’s The Things They Carried IS a great book! It was required for reading my freshman year at CofC and then he came as a guest speaker….it was amazing. Makes me want to read it again!

  • grocery goddess jen
    October 30, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    You paint a delicious image in my mind, Jenna. Here’s to hoping your dreams come true!

  • Hope
    October 30, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Chocolate bread?!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    October 31, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Chocolate bread sounds good enough on its own… but chocolate French toast? That would be mind blowing!

  • Marie-Journey to Body Zen
    October 31, 2010 at 6:01 am

    Mmmmm, that looks awesome!!!!

  • Krystina (Organically Me)
    October 31, 2010 at 6:43 am

    I’m fairly certain I would have no problem hiding out all day in my kitchen eating that entire loaf bit by bit.

  • Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes
    October 31, 2010 at 7:10 am

    what else can i say….other than: YUM!!!!
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

  • Erin @ Small Things
    October 31, 2010 at 7:26 am

    oh lord. I’m dying over this bread. I have to fast today, so why I thought coming to your blog to have a look would be a good idea is now lost to me. I will be dreaming over this bread all day.

  • Shelley
    October 31, 2010 at 7:28 am

    I vote you eat it all on the plane. Then when you get home, recreate it and share the recipe. 🙂

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    October 31, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Your description of what you’re going to do to that bread sounds like it just be in a romance novel. Or at least on the cover 😉 Have a safe flight back to Cali and Happy Halloween!

  • Alina @ Duty Free Foodie
    October 31, 2010 at 7:53 am

    That is such an interesting-looking bread – maybe you could try to create a chocolate-bread-inspired-by-this-one sometime.

  • Dee
    October 31, 2010 at 8:23 am

    The way you described how you would cook and then savor the bread was oh my gosh! LOL! I am loving your writing girl! Keep on keepin’ on! 🙂

  • Danny
    October 31, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Wow! I’ve never tried any chocolate bread. This recipe is now top of my to do list!

  • MK
    October 31, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I have to ask, is the title of your post a reference to “The Things They Carried” ?

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    October 31, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    mmmmmmm chocolate bread! i can only imagine the things i’d do to that too 🙂

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    November 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    OMG that bread looks divine….with some PB on top it would be heaven