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ST. LOUIS

Enjoy s'mores – minus the campfire – with this decadent dish from Milque Toast Bar

Milque Toast S'mores Toast

Take the campfire classic to new heights with this decadent loaded toast.

At Milque Toast Bar in south St. Louis, a spread of sweet and savory offerings brings the best flavors of each season together atop perfectly prepared toasts.

The eclectic eatery originally debuted in 2015, and its seasonal menu features wholesome rotating toast topping options such as truffle egg salad, house-smoked brisket and an indulgent take on a classic campfire favorite: s’mores. According to chef-owner Colleen Clawson, the comforting treat has been there since the very beginning, inspired by her son’s insatiable sweet tooth.

“It’s a dearly beloved dish by my son, Xavier, who, when younger, was motivated by how to get more Nutella in his life,” she says. With that in mind, the decadent dish features thick-cut Bridge Bread Bakery brioche slathered generously with Nutella and topped with brûléed mini marshmallows that get their distinctly tasty char from a trip under the broiler – and sometimes a fiery kiss from a kitchen torch. A garnish of crumbled graham crackers and dusting of powdered sugar make it the toast with the most.

“It has that nice burnt sugar smell that marshmallows get and it’s super toasty. It’s crunchy and gooey and crispy and chewy all at the same time,” Clawson says. “I think what makes it special is the nostalgia it conjures. That, and it’s pretty indulgent and sweet in a way that feels a bit over the top, like you really shouldn’t eat the whole thing, but you totally are going to.”

The dessert certainly encapsulates the ethos of Milque Toast Bar, which Clawson likes to define with a quote about its namesake dish from renowned food writer M.F.K. Fisher: “A warm, mild, soothing thing, full of innocent strength.”

Milque Toast Bar, 2212 S. Jefferson Ave., McKinley Heights, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.833.0085, milquetoastbar.net

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