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canelles -- Bordeaux cake

josephsm Dec 6, 2002 04:44 PM

Does anybody know where I can find canelles in Manhattan? I had them in Bordeaux and they were terrific. A canelle is a small molded cake.

I'm also looking for a recipe for canelles, if anyone knows of one.


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    David RE: josephsm Dec 7, 2002 01:11 AM

    You can usually find them at Payard and Balthazar Bakery.

    I am very addicted to canneles and have been debating for a long time which version is better. I love the crunch of the exterior of Payard's, but prefer the purer flavor of the Balthazar cannele. A few days ago, there was an excellent version at Mangia - not sure if they make their own or source from an outside bakery.

    Two books that offer cannele recipes are "Nancy Silverton's Desserts fron the La Brea Bakery", and "Gale Gand's Just a Bite". I haven't attempted to make them at home - if you do, please let us know how they turn out.

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      Katerina RE: David Dec 8, 2002 11:49 PM

      I think Balthazar uses almonds in their batter, which isn't a standard ingredient. Am I wrong?

      These are the only 2 places I've been able to find canneles in Manhattan.

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      Melanie Wong RE: josephsm Dec 7, 2002 04:05 AM

      Here's the recipe that JoAnn Coffino was kind enough to post on the General Topics board. Her bakery is much missed by San Francisco chowhounds.

      Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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        josephsm RE: Melanie Wong Dec 7, 2002 02:36 PM

        Wow, beeswax? And I just used up my last bit of it. :)

        I think I will stick to buying them. Thanks for the link to the recipe though!

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        verynewyorkcurious RE: josephsm Aug 9, 2008 07:51 PM

        Is there anywhere else I can find caneles in the city other than Payard or Balthazar? I've had them at Balthazar, and they add something that makes them taste kinda off.

        1. thesu RE: josephsm Aug 9, 2008 09:21 PM

          Bouley Bakery occasionally has them, and they're crusty on the outside, with vanilla flecks inside.

          Bouley Bakery & Market
          120 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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            gnomatic RE: josephsm Aug 9, 2008 09:45 PM

            Trader Joe's has them in their frozen desserts section. Six to a box, defrost for 20 minutes or microwave for 20 secs. Looks like they are made by Galaxy Desserts.

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              Eujeanie RE: gnomatic Aug 10, 2008 02:39 AM

              I've also been to Bordeaux and had them there...and no one has mentioned this, and it is NOT in that recipe that was posted (the beeswax one), but is my memory faulty that their predominant taste was cinnamon? Maybe I'm thinking of something else I had in Bordeaux.

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                thesu RE: gnomatic Aug 11, 2008 07:19 PM

                I had Galaxy Desserts' canelles. Not good. They don't have that crusty outside.

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                Peter Cherches RE: josephsm Aug 10, 2008 07:43 AM

                I found the ones at Balthazar too sweet. Bouley's are pretty good, but the best I've found in NY are at Petrossian cafe. Your best bet at Petrossian is the morning--they're usually out of them by noon or 1 PM. Petrossian's are pretty small, but they're only $1.25 each. I've advance special ordered 8 of them for a dinner party once and they were happy to oblige.

                I wrote about canneles in this piece about the DIjon Foire Gastronomique:


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                  xigua RE: Peter Cherches Aug 12, 2008 05:19 AM

                  Ditto Petrossian's

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                    NJSlov RE: Peter Cherches Oct 27, 2008 10:11 AM

                    Sadly the best canelles in NY are really in Philly from the Metropolitan Bakery.

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