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[Photograph: Niko Triantafillou]

Despite their uniqueness and general deliciousness in the pastry world, canelés are still quite rare in this city, so I buy them whenever I see them being sold. In this case, I also knew they were made by highly regarded pastry chef Jennifer Yee, and despite my high expectations from her work, these little wonders didn't disappoint.

Lafayette's mini-canelés have a beautiful shiny, dark brown exterior. On your first bite, you experience all the unique qualities that make canelés special. A pleasant crunch on the outside proceeds a soft, moist, custard-like inside, with an incredible aroma that can only come from vanilla and rum. Real vanilla beans dot the interior—a professional touch.

Lafayette's canelés are sold three for $4 and are baked multiple times throughout the day for freshness. You can see some of Yee's plated desserts in our first look feature of Lafayette.

Lafayette Bakery

380 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003 (map)
212=533 3000
lafayetteny.com

About the author: Native New Yorker Niko Triantafillou is the founder of DessertBuzz.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @DessertBuzz.

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