The Canelé Recipe («Canelé de Bordeaux»)2015-01-10
Canelé are delicious French small pastry with a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust, that taste Rum and Vanilla. You can't escape them in you visit France!
About this recipeI didn't know those little wonderful canelés until I went to French Pastry school.
Although I grew up in France, I never saw those little canelés as they are mostly known in the south west of France (Bordeaux)
A dessert I learned and instantly loved while studying Pastry.
A recipe I learned from a top French Pastry Chef !
Saint-Emilion and my canelés moldsMy first canelé that I ate was in Saint-Emilion, a charming town close to Bordeaux
|and it's in Saint-Emilion that I also bought my canelés molds in this pastry shop that also sells molds:|
9 Rue du Clocher
If you can, do visit Bordeaux and the vineyards
Bordeaux and my canelés cooking classThis is Bordeaux, the town where I first learned to bake Canelés
Origin of the recipeAccording to the legend, canelés were started during the landing of the boats of flour on the quays of Bordeaux coming from the French indies, bringing ingredients such as Rum and Vanilla. and that by the 18th century the nuns of the convent of Annonciades, in Bordeaux, (now convent of the Mercy), created the recipe. During the recent remodeling of this convent, archaeological searches took place. Among the numerous objects found from the appropriate time period, nothing looked like a canelé mold.
Correct spelling : Canelé or Cannelé?There's been some controversy about the correct spelling, however the Confrérie du Canelé de Bordeaux has stated that the word must be spelled «canelé» with only one 'n'. The spelling "cannelé" is still prevalent to this day.
Step 1: The Batter
Vanilla Beans, the
Butter(2 Tablespoons or 25 g) and the
Whole Milk(1 Cup or 250 g) together in a saucepan.
Cook and use a thermometer to check the temperature, and remove from the stove when the temperature reaches 180 °F / 80 °C
Then add to the bowl:
Spiced Rumyou choose does make a difference. You choose the wrong
Spiced Rumand your canelés are ruined...
The Rum I use is the same that French professionals use :
Rhum Gélifié RAVEL (you can find on Amazon.com)
If you are using a stand mixer (kitchen aid type), do not use the "leaf" either, for the same reason
If you are using a stand mixer, the right attachment to use is the hook.
Otherwise, you can mix the ingredients by hand, using a spatula
Step 2: Resting time
Step 3: Cooking
What kind of Canelés Molds?The best molds are made of copper, which are more expensive than the molds made in silicon. Silicon molds won't yield crusty Canelés but they remain a good alternative
I purchased my copper molds while visiting the beautiful little town of Saint-Emilion, not far from Bordeaux.
If you are visiting France, make sure you purchased a few copper molds, as they are WAY cheaper than products bought online (Amazon).
Make sure you stop by and taste the canelés of this pastry shop (that's also where I bought my copper molds):
9 Rue du Clocher
CoatingIf you are using copper molds, do not coat them with butter !
Silicon mold do NOT need oil or butter coating
To pour the batter, you may use a measuring cup with spout, or a cone tool like this one : "Piston Funnel".
To purchase online, see HERE
The kind of oven you needThe best oven for this recipe is a convection oven with the fan that circulates the air
First Baking Step (high)Bake in preheated oven at 405 °F / 210 °C for
second Baking Step (moderate)Then:
Lower the temperature to 360 °F / 180 °C for
45 minutes to one hour
As you can see, this baking technique works ! The canelés have not risen too much and the top is flat which is what I wanted.
How to unmold with copper moldsTo unmold, don't pull the canelé, you could tear it. While it's still hot, grab the canelé mold with a towel and bang it upside-down
When it sticks...Sometimes, the sprayed oil is not enough.... it still sticks !
Using a wooden stick I can unmold more easily
When you have to wait...Not ready yet... Do allow the canelés to rest
2 hoursto cool down and to develop their delicious taste
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