What are you doing this Saturday morning? If you’re in Seattle, we strongly suggest a visit to Honore Bakery in Ballard. And if you’re not in Seattle, come with us right now because we can’t wait any longer for some of the best canneles we’ve ever had. Seriously, people. Check this out.
Above on the left, that’s the cannele. The most important thing about a cannele is the caramelization on the outside. Too little, and you just have a sad, rich dough ball. Too much, and you have a char biscuit. BUT. The perfect caramelization, with the crispy-ish exterior and the moist, rich, soft interior is darn hard to come by outside of Paris. Enter Honore Artisan Bakery.
Here’s what a cannele looks like inside. You can almost taste it from here.
For another delight, try Koign Amann. What is THAT? Well, it’s pronounced like royalty – Queen A-monn. It’s name – from Breton – means butter cake. And it’s exactly that – a many-layered, buttery cake of joy with caramelized sugar.
When you’re at this sweet little neighborhood bakery, decadence is the watchword. Which is why we always order at least one Cafe Bon Bon. It’s sweetened condensed milk in a dense layer on the bottom of a cup, topped with an americano. This is so ridiculously rich and pleasing, that it can’t help but make you very happy. It’s served up by a competent staff who know how to pull a shot, keep the line moving, and still banter with the locals and regulars who crowd through the doors.
If the seats at the window bar are all full, take your coffee outside, sit in one of the comfortable chairs, and watch the neighborhood going about its Saturday morning.
And, in pretty weather, be sure to check out the sweet little courtyard in the back. Extra bonus – you get to walk past the bakery area to get to it, which means you get a little window into all the action.