Parisian Pastries from Cannelle Patisserie

November 10, 2009  |  Cannelle Patisserie, News


I’m usually not big on sweets, but I can never turn down pastries and cakes from Cannelle Patisserie. Here’s a little something I wrote for LIC Bites, a food column in a newsletter for my fellow condo residents in Long Island City, Queens:

If you don’t have time for a summer getaway, or you’ve just got a craving for something sweet, take a trip to Queens, where you will find that the pastries of Paris await you. Cannelle Patisserie is a French bakery hidden deep within an unassuming mini-mall in Jackson Heights. The inviting aromas of coffee, buttery puffed pastry and French baguettes will reel you in upon entering. Inside you will find artfully decorated cakes behind the refrigerated display, shimmering tarts and quiches, and freshly baked pastries piled in woven baskets.

at-workCannelle radiates the energy of a lively neighborhood haunt. Packed at seemingly all hours of the day, the bakery appears to be a home away from home for a diverse group of customers, from an elderly quartet sipping coffee and enjoying sparse conversation to a father sharing a Croque Monsieur and soda for lunch with his son. With a humble burgundy awning and a window decorated with painted floral designs, Cannelle might look distinctly unlike the expensive bakeries you’ll find on the Upper East Side. However, do not expect anything less than the highest quality French fare.

Jean-Claude Perennou, the owner and pastry chef of Cannelle, is a master of flaky croissants, zesty lemon squares, and exquisitely moist Black Forest cake. Previously the head pastry chef for the Waldorf Astoria, Perennou decided to stake out on his own to start Cannelle Patisserie. Whenever I visit Cannelle to fulfill my need for sweet, Jean-Claude is usually working alongside his staff or behind the scenes in the kitchen; the intense love and dedication that goes into his pastries can be tasted in every crumb and flake of his breads and cakes. Thanks to Jean-Claude, the delicate art of French baking has become a familiar pleasure for many residents of Queens.

(Article by veronica in Featured, Where to eat, on on Aug 13th, 2009)


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  3. I cannot say enough about Samba! He is just incredible. I live in Tn and my husband works in NY and was celebrating his 65th birthday. I wanted to surprise him with a cake and didnt know the area. I just happened to stumble across the website and emailed them. Samba called me and said they would definately be able to help me. My husband is a huge bass fisherman and has trophy fish on the wall in our home. I sent Samba a picture of the fish and oh my gosh my husband was so surprised and when I saw the picture of the cake I was just overwhelmed. I come from a bakery family as my grandparents owned a bakery in Calif for years when I was growing up until they retired. I regret not getting to know more about the business because I love to bake. Like I said Thank you is not enough for them. Plus the cake was delicious (from what I am told) I cant wait to visit them when I come to NY. Thanks again,

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