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.