The Perfect Canelé

The Perfect Canelé

By Leslie Jonath, Eric Slatkin, and Blake Smith

You’ve got your croissants, your éclairs, your macarons. Maybe a madeleine if you’re Proust-y. They’re good, yes. But consider the canelé. On assignment for Afar magazine, Tasting Table San Francisco editor Scott Hocker traveled throughout France in search of the best. Stateside, his canelé of choice is at Boulettes Larder. Chef Amaryll Schwertner’s dedication to these custard-cake hybrids is unparalleled: She only makes a dozen a day, so each one has to be perfect. Hocker gathers some of her secrets, including an unexpected use of beeswax.

The unparalleled. The best in show. We call it The Perfect: our video series on how something so very good gets to be that way. Image of the silicone canelé mold courtesy of Flickr member grongar.