Canelés: The Hot Sweet Treat for 2012

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Courtesy of Épicerie Boulud
Get these babies while they're chaud.
​If 2011 was the year of the "               is the new cupcake," then 2012 is at least the year of definitive answers. And the answer is the canelé. This pint-sized dessert has been popping up at all over the city, and is definitely something that you should get your hands on.

A specialty of the Bordeaux region of France, a canelé is a fluted pastry that is approximately two inches tall. Prepared in a special pan, the cakey domed treats have a caramelized outside and custard-like inside that is commonly compared to a crème brûlée because of its combination of crunch and rich cream.

Lately, it seems like every French bakery worth its macarons is putting out canelés. Soho newbie Dominique Ansel serves an excellent version with an ultra-crunchy outside that is just this side of burnt. At $3, it's a pricey bite. But one that's extremely worthy.

Up on the Upper West Side, Daniel Boulud is putting out excellent canelés at his takeout/quick-bite spot Épicerie Boulud. You'll find the gems stocked by the register, making it hard to resist checking out without an impulsive add on. Grab one post-merguez-sausage-sandwich as a little dessert or stockpile them in your purse to munch on surreptitiously during a Lincoln Center performance.

You'll find the cylindrical desserts on the brunch menu at Greenwich Village's Minetta Tavern or at another downtown Keith McNally spot, Balthazar Bakery. They also make a mean one at the Midtown Petrossian bakery.

While the canelé may be poised to take the city this year, there's no doubt that other pastries are in line for top billing. What will be next? You'll just have to speculate.


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VivlianWozz
VivlianWozz

Another restaurant cliaimed to use freshmozz arella cheese,where it's dishes were actually made with economycheddar.the "fresh pasta"advertieshed on another meau tumed out to befrozen.--Agedate. ℃⊙M--a nice and free placefor younger women and older men,or older women and younger men,to interact witheach other. 

VivlianWozz
VivlianWozz

Another restaurant cliaimed to use freshmozz arella cheese,where it's dishes were actually made with economycheddar.the "fresh pasta"advertieshed on another meau tumed out to befrozen.--Agedate. ℃⊙M--a nice and free placefor younger women and older men,or older women and younger men,to interact witheach other. 

Gaetano X
Gaetano X

The "new cupcake" analogy is lame and rusty. Food trend observers started with the canele and new cupcake idea last Summer.  The comparison is convenient and superficial. It's not discerning.

Folks who consider jimmies 'yummy' aren't going to be into canele. Canele are not like cupcakes in important ways. The cupcake trend has been about cupcakes that are trying too hard (think lavender donuts). Cupcakes have about 3x more calories than canele. Cupcakes are about being bludgeoned with sugar and fat. With these attributes cupcakes will be popular for quite a while.

Canele are elegant culinary poems.

Among canele aficionados it's common knowledge that the best canele are in Philly.

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