Canneles at Palo Alto Baking Co
Palo Alto Baking Co (on California Street) has pretty good canneles. In terms of overall texture (inside and out), I think they are about as perfect as you can get: better than canneles at Boulette's Larder, Mission Beach Cafe, or Bay Bread. However, they don't have quite the intense rum flavor that I normally expect. Still, an entirely respectable canele (see photo)
Here are photos of two other canneles. Mission Beach Cafe (photo #1) sports a candied orange peel accent. Photo #2 shows the cannele from Bay Bread. Both of these canneles have a creamy custard inside; to me, it seems sort of undercooked. The Mission Beach Cafe canneles are slightly more dense, with a somewhat crunchier coating. Both have the signature deep rum flavor. The major bonus of the canneles from Mission Beach Cafe: they are hot out of the oven when the cafe opens at 7 AM.
I didn't sample the other items at Palo Alto Baking Co. I tend to stop by for some canneles when I visit the California Ave. farmer's market on Sunday.
As for bakery items in the PA area, here is my short list:
- Cafe Borrone on El Camino in Menlo Park has sticky buns and twice-baked almond croissants, hot out of the oven, shortly after they open (7 AM M-F, 8 AM Sat/Sun). Both are very good.
- Satura cakes on University has interesting almond croissants (not twice baked, but it has several layers of "crunchy coating," which makes it very ... interesting, and good). They also have a green tea panna cotta that is to die for. I also like their green tea cream puffs: they have the same "multiple layers of crunchy coating" as the almond croissants to keep them from getting soggy.
- Douce France at Town and Country has a really good affogato al caffe, made with vanilla gelato.
- Caffe del Doge on University has croissants hot out of the oven shortly after they open (7AM M-F, 8 AM Sat/Sun). I like their Marco Polo espresso drink infused with Cardamom; it comes in a martini glass, which is brilliant, because you wind up sipping equal amounts from the bottom layer (espresso) and the top layer (infused cream).
Thanks for the tips. I was a fan of Palo Alto Baking Company's rye bread, but I haven't tried it since they changed ownership about a year back
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Palo Alto Baking Company
381 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA
Caffe del Doge
419 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301
320 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301