Sugar Rush: Chocolate Banana Danish at Amandine Cafe in Los Angeles

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[Photograph: Jay Friedman]

At Amandine Cafe in Lost Angeles, I found Chocolate Banana Danishes ($2.65) stacked like a row of fallen dominoes nestled between some rather unappealing croissants. The positioning turned out to be appropriate, as the isosceles triangle-shaped pastries are made from croissant dough. A side view actually reveals about a dozen distinct layers of dough, which yield a crackly, crispy texture upon biting.

While it's adult-like crispy on the outside, the danish is child-like soft and sweet on the inside. Chocolate chips and banana pieces provide one of my favorite flavor combinations, further softened with a layer of custard. The danish is topped with sliced almonds for nutty texture and a sprinkling of powdered sugar for playful sweetness.

The chocolate banana danish looked like the most interesting and unique choice after a quick scour of Amandine's large showcase area. It wouldn't be a pastry I'd put on my regular go-to list, but it's perfect for filling any particular chocolate and banana craving.

Amandine Cafe

12225 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 (map)
(310) 979-3211; amandinecafe.com

About the author: Jay Friedman is a Seattle-based freelance food writer who happens to travel extensively as a sex educator. An avid fan of noodles (some call him "The Mein Man"), he sees sensuality in all foods, and blogs about it at his Gastrolust website. You can follow him on Twitter @jayfriedman.

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