I don’t remember when I first heard about the sweet bread that is baked by monks at a local monastery. It was years ago. I saw the Brookline Monks Sweet Bread for sale at my local bookstore a few times before I took the leap and bought a loaf. It was a leap for me because one loaf costs $15.

The bread is sold in a box, so I didn’t even know what I was buying. The mystery of it! When I opened the package and cut a few slices off the loaf, I took a few bites of a small slice to see what it tasted like before toasting. It was sweet alright, but not too sweet. And it was apparent that the bread is made without preservatives.

As the bread toasted, a delicious fragrance filled the kitchen. I could get used to this, I thought. When the toast was ready, I put a small amount of butter on it…and it was perfection. I can’t describe the taste other than “sweet.” The monks use some secret special spices.

As someone who counts bread as a top five favorite food, this bread was a treat. I will definitely buy it again for special occasions!