[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

If you spend much time in bakeries, you'll notice that a few classic French pastries have been thrust into the spotlight. Kouign-amann is one, canelés (or cannelés) are another.

There's good reason for both, but today let's focus on canelés. These cylindrical pastries from Bordeaux have a soft, custardy center and a thick, caramelized outer crust. Scented with vanilla and full of butter, you'd be hard pressed to find someone who wouldn't love this sweet.

If you've ever wondered how to make them at home, we have the answer. In fact, we have a step-by-step guide you can follow. So roll up your sleeves, get out the flour, and follow along. It's a weekend baking project you'll be happy you mastered.

Find the step by step guide here or go straight to the recipe for Canelés (Cannelés) de Bordeaux


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