Canneles Bordelais are crunchy little rum cakes that originated in the Bordeaux region of France (when something comes from Bordeaux, it is called Bordelais). They require a tiny bit of patience and planning, but the results are so knock out delicious that it is well worth the effort.
There may be some resistance amongst traditionalists to use these new-fangled molds, but for nearly guaranteed good results for the casual home baker, silicon cannele pans can't be beat. You needn't bother buttering these pans and your canneles will slip right out when done.
Since canneles take quite a while to bake, I recommend you buy two pans. That way you can bake a batch of 16 caneles (recipe below) all at once. There are also smaller cannele molds that make more of a petit-four sized cannele - great for mouth popping convenience. Cooking times will of course be shorter for these.
So that I don't leave you loopy dedicated bakers out of the equation, let us not forget the traditional copper cannele mold. You could argue that it gives a crunchier exterior, and a more authentic canelle experience. If the price for one doesn't scare you, don't forget you'll probably want at least eight!
A good cannele should be lightly crunchy and a very dark brown on the outside with a creamy crepe-like consistency on the inside. It does take a bit of work to get this effect, and attention must be paid in cooking these, but you will be well rewarded for your efforts. Follow these tips:
This recipe is for baking in 2 inch high silicone molds. Adjust for your size and type of mold. (Metal molds need to be thoroughly coated with melted butter.)
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour 15 min
Makes 16, 2-inch high canneles.
The officially recognized spelling is with only one n (canelé), but it is commonly spelt with two, so I'll stick to that. Note also that the French spelling is cannelé - that final accent means the word is three syllables pronounced cah-nah-lay (please excuse my phonetics).
The exact origins of the cannele is cloaked in mystery and open to considerable speculation, only adding to its allure and popularity. Legend has it that a group of nuns many centuries ago made a cake called a canelas to feed the poor. It was then considerably later that a Bordelais pastry baker concocted the modern cannele.
It would seem logical that the name derives from the shape of these cakes, which have small channels running up and down the sides. They have enjoyed waxing and waning popularity in France over the years and currently they seem to be getting a lot of attention. Even my mass-producing grocery store bake shop is cranking them out everyday.
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