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Cannelles in the GTA?

goodmom8 Dec 15, 2008 04:28 PM

Where can I get cannelles (the small little french cakes) in the GTA? I was in Paris this summer and preferred cannelles of all the French pastries (yes, even over macarons and pain du chocolat!).

I'd love to serve them over the holidays. I know they're available online thru Williams Sonoma but I'd rather buy them locally.


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  1. chocabot RE: goodmom8 Aug 14, 2010 06:16 PM

    I bought a couple at Chabichou on Harbord. They have tiny ones for $1.10 and regular size ones
    for $2.85.

    I've never had them before so I had no point of comparison except read descriptions and the video on chowhound...

    They looked great but the outsides weren't hard/crisp and the insides weren't as custardy as I expected. The interior was moist and I could detect a brandy or rum flavouring. Overall I'd say the taste was good but the texture off.

    147 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

    Toronto, Toronto, ON , CA

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      scarberian RE: chocabot Sep 13, 2010 02:30 AM

      The cannelles at Chabichou are chewy because they're probably made from silicon moulds. To get the crisp shell and custardy innards they need to be made with copper moulds. It reminded me more of a spongy texture. However, that said, I did enjoy the flavour of the Chabichou cannelles. They were good and I would buy them again.

      Toronto, Toronto, ON , CA

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        Teep RE: scarberian Sep 13, 2010 06:27 AM

        This seller of silicone molds claim you can get "crunchy" ones with theirs

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          scarberian RE: Teep Sep 13, 2010 05:34 PM

          You may get a few crunchy bits, but not a shell. I've had the ones made from the copper moulds (my friend's late mother used to bake them) and they always ended up with a crunchy shell. The ones at Chabichou didn't have the crunchy shell, just a few crunchy bits where, I guess, the sugars caramelized. As I said, you may not get the texture, BUT it's still one tasty treat.

          Toronto, Toronto, ON , CA

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      acd123 RE: goodmom8 Aug 15, 2010 01:00 PM

      Cannelles have become a new favourite of my wife and I. I discovered them at Chabichou also. They are amazing. Chewy exterior with a burnt (in a good way) caramel flavour and moist interior. I don't find the texture off at all.

      Toronto, Toronto, ON , CA

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        Wino In Training RE: goodmom8 Sep 12, 2010 01:40 PM

        Tried them at Chabichou this weekend. Really good! From silicone moulds, not copper, so not fully browned & no beeswax, but still crunchy/soft & yummy!

        Toronto, Toronto, ON , CA

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          acd123 RE: Wino In Training Sep 12, 2010 07:29 PM

          Not fully browned? The canelles I got from Chabichou were so brown I thought they were burnt before I tried them. Then I understood that the sugar was a bit burnt and that they were supposed to look like that. Delish.

          Toronto, Toronto, ON , CA

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          ms. cornbread RE: goodmom8 Sep 12, 2010 08:14 PM

          I didn't know what a cannelle was until I just googled it, but I believe I had one from Nadege a couple weeks ago. It was heavenly. It was my first one therefore I have nothing to compare it to, but I really enjoyed it.

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            jlunar RE: ms. cornbread Sep 13, 2010 06:21 AM

            Definitely at Nadege. Saw 'em yesterday. 3/$2.50? Might have been under $2, even. Something like that.

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              TheDewster RE: jlunar Oct 31, 2011 06:03 AM

              Had them on the 30 th they were mini sized and soggy and tasteless not the real deal.

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                vidkid RE: TheDewster Oct 31, 2011 07:38 AM

                Just want to point the OP to an alternative viewpoint that I posted in another thread on Nadege's caneles. I've generally been a fan (though I acknowledge there have been the occasional consistency issues):


          2. TheDewster RE: goodmom8 Nov 2, 2011 09:52 AM

            Going to keep looking for a Canelle source in the GTA. Nadege is not it.

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              smartygirl RE: goodmom8 Dec 28, 2011 01:30 AM

              is there anywhere to get the mauviel copper canele molds in toronto?

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