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.
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.
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.
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
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: