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Last time I was in France, I discovered these amazing pastries (Canelé Bordelais) that I have, so far, not been able to locate in Los Angeles. I asked about them at Paris Pastry on Westwood Blvd., but they seemed not to know what I was talking about. Does anybody have a source for these (preferably one that doesn't require eight hours of air travel)?

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    Leslie Brenner

    Hmmm. Very good question. I know where you can get them in one hour of air travel: San Francisco. I just had a delicious one at Boulangerie, on California, near Fillmore. I haven't yet seen them in L.A. You might try calling Marmiton on Montana. I haven't seen them there, but they do have a few authentic French pastries (I bought a good gallette des rois there) and perhaps they occasionally make them. If you do find them, please let us know! My husband is from Bordeaux, and they remind us of his home...

    1. I got hooked on these things back when I lived in NYC -- both Balthazar Bakery and Payard Patisserie made these babies, and I was unable to resist buying a bunch every time I walked by. You figure, "Hey, they're so small, I oughta get 5 or 6!"

      Anyway, I know for a fact that La Brea Bakery makes them (or at least, did when I dropped in a couple of months ago -- that's the last time I went there). Since a recipe for them is in Nancy Silverton's last cookbook, that shouldn't be too surprising. Happy gorging!

      1. I have to second the La Brea bakery recommendation. I've never tried canele in France, so I can't compare. But the ones that Nancy Silverton makes are truly scrumptious. Let us know how they measure up to the authentic French ones.

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        1. re: Sheryl

          You guys are fantastic, and this website is the greatest thing ever!

          Of course, I went straight to Campanile/La Brea bakery and bought a half dozen of their canelé. They are as good as the very best I tasted in Paris, absolutely delicious. I asked at the counter and was told they have them every day (though I was warned they sometimes sell-out by the afternoon, so "call ahead to be sure"). And the scrambled eggs, creamed spinach, fried potatoes and hot black coffee I had for breakfast (after all . . . I was already there) were pretty darn good too.

          Thank you both (Mark and Sheryl) for pointing me in the right direction -- I live right down the street from La Brea Bakery, but for some reason, I would never have thought to look there.

          1. re: Sheryl

            Let me second the second. The canelle (La Brea's spelling) I devoured yesterday was wonderful. Does anyone have a recipe?

            1. re: Alain

              Gale Gand's got one posted on the TVFN web site; the link is below. Also, as I mentioned before, Nancy Silverton (she of the truly fine La Brea Bakery canneles) has her own recipe in her last cookbook, Pastries From The La Brea Bakery. If you really want it, just e-mail me. (Unless copyright laws let me post the recipe here -- dunno what the story is on that.)

              Link: http://www.foodtv.com/foodtv/recipe/0...

              1. re: Alain

                Gale Gand's got one posted on the TVFN web site; the link is below. Also, as I mentioned before, Nancy Silverton (she of the truly fine La Brea Bakery canneles) has her own recipe in her last cookbook, Pastries From The La Brea Bakery. If you really want it, just e-mail me. (Unless copyright laws let me post the recipe here -- dunno what the story is on that.)

                Link: http://www.foodtv.com/foodtv/recipe/0...

                1. re: Alain

                  The recipes can easily be found online. You'll need the molds.

                2. re: Sheryl

                  Let me second the second. The canelle (La Brea's spelling) I devoured yesterday was wonderful. Does anyone have a recipe?

                3. hi i'm a little late but if you want to buy some you can go to a new restaurant named Marcelita on 3 rd street and sweetzer ave.

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                  1. If you ever are in the city of Claremont Ca, at the "Village" there is a pastry shop that make's them !! I don't know the name,but the "village" is not big and there is not to many pastry shops. For reference is on the same street as the post office.
                    Yale and second street.