These Japanese-style doughnuts' advantage, above and beyond their rarity, lies in their uniquely light but chewy texture and sweetened-rice-meets-beavertails taste.
The peach and mango filling tastes bright and sunny; against the shattering fat-bubbled crunch of those deep-fried crusts, this is the perfect summer pie.
It was a deep, abiding love reinforced by the first bite: the crunchy, lightly syrup-kissed phyllo-like top giving way to a warm and tensile layer of cheese.
“I’m not trying to go viral. The flavours weren’t put together for any other reason than I think they would be good ice cream.”
The eggy, airy, steam-filled confections photograph well and jiggle when touched. As the kids like to say on Instagram, #kawaii.
With crisp, caramelized shells that give way to custard-like hearts laden with rum and vanilla, cannelés can be a rare find in pastry shops.