Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Canelé from L.A. Burdick 09-05-2010

Location: 5 E. 20th St.
Time: 1pm

Feelings: My most favorite dessert of all time is a little French pastry, canele. The combination of the soft custard center and extra chewy outer layer is something to be worshiped. Unfortunately, ever since I moved to the U.S., I had not been able to find one...until I entered a handmade chocolate heaven, L.A. Burdick.

L.A. Burdick on 20th street is a quaint cafe where you can enjoy delicious chocolates and coffee. It is a great place to relax and read a book or just kill some time before meeting up with someone in Union Square. I, on the other hand, cannot remember what those days are like due to the newborn at home, but it would be nice to just sit and sip some hot chocolate. I might not have free time, but I managed to get to stop at L.A. Burdick for canelés. I almost screamed from excitement when I saw them, but I managed to keep my cool and ordered four of them, which seemed to be all they had left.

They were as good as I remembered. I truly enjoyed the juxtaposition of texture. The tender interior and the crispy caramelized crust along with the flavor of rum and vanilla created a purely heavenly experience. I wish they were more accessible everywhere at bakeries and patisseries throughout the city.

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