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French Treats: Le Canelé

In Bordeaux, there's a tradition of excellence when it comes to taste: the canelé is the ideal example. A perfect marriage of crispy and tender, it's a treat so simple and so perfect that the original recipe doesn't need a single update.

Name: Canelé or cannelé

Origin: 18th century, at the convent of Annonciades de Bordeaux

Height: Two inches for the classic recipe

Pro: Simplicity

Con: No preservatives, so it must be eaten quickly

Signs of quality:

  • Made from a 12 groove copper pan
  • A very dark, crispy, caramelized crust
  • A soft, honeycombed center
  • Notes of vanilla and rum

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