Cover Canelés de Bordeaux (Photo: Burrow)

You won't have to travel all the way to Bordeaux to enjoy this crispy, chewy treat

Is it spelt “canelé” or “cannelé” ? This question alone sparks major debates in Bordeaux, the city where this famous little gâteau made its debut. 

During the 17th century, a time of booming colonial trade, Bordeaux became the busiest port of France. Ships from the French West Indies would flood into the port, filled with coveted spices, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, rum and sugar. 

Legend has it that the nuns of a local convent would salvage leftover flour, rum, vanilla and sugar from open gunny sacks and leftover wooden crates found lying around the port. Egg yolks were taken from wine cellars where egg whites were used to clarify wine. These leftover ingredients would then be made into little rum-spiked cakes that were handed out to the poor and the homeless by the nuns themselves. 

Today, however, things are a little different. canelés are found all over the world, made with the finest ingredients. With that, we've rounded up five bakeries that serve these delicious treats for you to enjoy with a cup of your afternoon tea.

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Burrow

The aesthetically pleasing café Burrow opened its doors on the first day of MCO 2.0 and has been a smashing success ever since. While they pride themselves on being the first "Canelé Café" in the Klang Valley, they also showcase other cakes and treats on their menu, mostly made by home bakers and single moms. It is not easy to get your hands on their canelé, which are sold out almost every day. Aside from the OG Canelé that is an absolute crowd favourite, try their Espresso Canelé and Maple Pecan Canelé aged with Maple Syrup and Madagascan Vanilla Bean.

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Croisserie

This beloved bakery has always been known for being that place that has everything. From madeleines to Japanese butter rolls, you name it, they have it. Croisserie, of course, churns out fresh canelés every day too, and according to them, the best way to enjoy it is to hold it in your hand and eat it like an apple. It'll be gone in seconds. 

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Sucrée

Sucrée is one of the few places where you'll be able to find Asian-inspired canelés. Their matcha canelés come complete with a matcha ganache. There is even a limited edition Chinese New Year canelé called "ONG LAI". Filled with pineapple and rum, this flavour is only available for a few days during the festive season.

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Chateau Dionne

When canelé hunting, the last place you would think to look is a fine dining restaurant. Perhaps one of the few good things that have come out of this pandemic, Chateau Dionne now offers their canelés as part of their takeaway menu. They even have a set of MCO canelés that includes two original, two chocolate and two matcha canelés.

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Maison des Pains

This French Boulangerie and Patisserie specialises in all things French—think croissants, baguettes, financiers and more. So it is no surprise that canelés are on the menu. Maison des Pains' Pandan Coconut Canelé, an ode to Malaysian tea-time snack, is a definite must-try.

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Orito

You could drive past Orito three times and miss it. Located inconspicuously on the first floor of a row of shoplots, the only indication of the patisserie is their signboard that camouflages a little too well. Orito's canelés are often overlooked by many who come there for their Instagrammable choux and fluffy doughnuts jam-packed with filling. But Orito knows how to get their canelés right—crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. 

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