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Macarons and petit fours are pretty and all, but as serious sweets lovers, we know looks aren’t everything.

Take old-fashioned bread pudding. This rich, satisfying dessert, which is a conglomeration of bread, sugar, syrup and add-ins (typically fruit or nuts), always appears to be a lumpy mess. But when it’s done right, damn it tastes good--like at the new B. Sweet Dessert Bar.

Chef Barb Batiste is riding a wave of bread pudding popularity, which she helped create by serving the dessert around town from her twin food trucks. Now we’re making the trip to get Batiste’s signature dish fresh from her gleaming bakery in Little Osaka.

We’re ordering fun flavors like cookies and cream (with bits of sugar-cookie dough), fudge brownie (with chunks of rich chocolate), apple pie (with pieces of apple) or, our favorite, glazed doughnut (enough said). Flavors change weekly, so save room for limited-edition tastes, including maple-bacon and peanut-butter cup.

Each serving comes in a cute takeout container ($6 for 16 ounces), making it super-convenient to pick up a couple extra for guests. Remember, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

B. Sweet Dessert Bar, 2005 Sawtelle Blvd.; 310-963-7213 or

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