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The Official Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook

By Downton Abbey

Published 2020

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A specialty of Bordeaux, canelés are believed to have first been baked by nuns in the city’s Convent of the Annonciades about three hundred years ago. The small cakes—rich and moist on the inside, dark brown on the outside—largely disappeared after the French Revolution due to the forced closure of the pastry guild devoted to their production. They resurfaced in French pastry shops in the early twentieth century, however, and soon became an elegant teatime treat in neighboring Britai