Canelés and Mini-Canelés from Holy Crepe

Mama and bb canelé

Mama and bb canelé

Hey everyone! Spring seems like it’s finally here, thank goodness.  It was so nice out today that I just walked around, taking pictures of downtown Athens.  I’ll delete like 90% of them, but it’s the practice that counts!

 

Athens city hall on a lovely spring day!

Athens city hall on a lovely spring day!

A few days ago, on a nice late afternoon like today, I met up with owner Saphir Grici of Holy Crepe.  A recent French transplant, Saphir is starting a crepe food truck soon right here in Athens, GA.  I met him at the Doggy Happy Hour at New Earth and tried his buckwheat crepe with turkey, vegetables, and cheese there. And it was delicious…and hearty! Not at all like the unsatisfying crepes I have had in the past in Athens…cough cough. So when Saphir messaged me about trying out some of the canelés he was going to sell at Holy Crepe, I was immediately down.

I’ve never had a canelé before, so I’m definitely not an expert on how it’s supposed to taste.  I did some preliminary research, and found out it is a traditional Bordeaux pastry with a custard-like inside.   The tasting, however, did it more justice than the wikipedia article. The canelés of Holy Crepe were creamy, light, yet springy on the inside, with a caramelized, slightly crunchy sweet exterior.  I immediately fell in love with them. I especially liked the mini-canelés, since they had a higher proportion of burnt sugar. It reminded me of a more floury version of creme brûlée, but in cute little cakes.

 

So in the next few months, be on the lookout for Saphir and crepe creations! And buy a canelé (or five) while you’re at it.

glamour shot

glamour shot

canelé

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