One of the cool things about living in New York City? I feel like I could live here forever and still not even scratch the surface of all of the interesting things to see, eat, and do. Case in point: a delightful, adorable bakery making the cutest little mini pastries, mere blocks from my apartment since December, and I had no idea! Luckily my awesome fellow Upper East Sider Alexis made me aware of the adorable Canelé by Céline, and we hightailed it over there for French pastries this past Sunday.
A canelé is a traditional bell-shaped French pastry consisting of a caramelized sugar shell surrounding a chewy, moist, custard-y center. This little shop had sweet and savory canelés and tiny financiers (another French pastry, similar to madeleines), along with coffee options. I of course opted for the sweet canelés, and tried the vanilla and rum flavors – so yummy. They had a great texture to them – a little soft, a little chewy, a little creamy inside…very tasty. The financier which I chose was also perfectly baked, with a great flavor and just the right amount of crispness around the edges. Plus it was all mini, which obviously makes everything better.