Christine's Cannelés from Bordeaux

Translation by Mapie

For about 14 cannelés 
Preparation : 30 minutes
Cooking : 1h15
Prepare the batter the day before
Delicate cooking

Ingredients et utensils :

  • 1/4 liter whole milk

  • 50 gr. of flour

  • 100 gr of powdered sugar (caster sugar)

  • 20 gr. of butter

  • 1 whole egg + one yolk

  • 1/2 vanilla bean pod split lengthwise

  • 1/2 TBS of rum or if you have French Cointreau 

  • un ou 2 medium size Flexipan cannelés molds.

  • one sheet of baking paper

Preparation :

Boil the milk and butter in a saucepan. Meanwhile, mix in a large bowl, flour and sugar. Beat the yolk and the whole egg and incorporate them into flour/sugar mixture with the rum or Cointreau.  Mix well and pour slowly and gradually the boiling milk into the bowl. Whisk with a whip. The batter should be as fluide as a pancake batter. Open the vanilla bean in 2 and add the small vanilla black seeds in the mixture. You  can leave the vanilla bean in the batter but do not forget to remove it at the time of cooking.

Check that there are no lumps and refrigerate the batter for 24 hours to rest. When cooking, preheat the oven to 250° and remove the baking sheet. I put a sheet of baking paper (parchment) to protect the baking sheet because if the preparation overflows, the oven will smoke and it's quite unpleasant...Pour the batter into molds, filling each about 3/4 full. The batter will rise.

The cooking process :

It is done in 2 stages. First, 15 minutes in a hot oven 240°. Then, one hour at 180°. The cannelés should have a deep brown crust color on top and should be stuffy inside. Wait a few minutes to unfold the cannelés so you won't burn yourself. It is a delicate operation. What I prefer is tasting them barely warm. They are also delicious cold. The cannelés keep well but are better the first 12 hours. Do not refrigerate.

If you are using a small cannelé mold, reduce the first cooking time to 10 minutes and the second cooking time to 40 minutes. Personally, I prefer to use medium-sized molds cannelés.

I like them with rum but Isabelle tried Cointreau and I was very good too.