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Canelés, the tiny French cakes originating from Bordeaux, typically require three days to make. This delicious version is ready in a fraction of the time and doesn't require a fancy mold.MORE+LESS-


tbsp unsalted butter, diced


teaspoon vanilla extract (not imitation vanilla)


cup all-purpose flour

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    Combine the milk, butter and vanilla in a medium pot over medium. Bring to a simmer.

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    Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

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    Pour the eggs and warm milk mixture into the flour mixture and whisk gently and as little as possible, just to combine.

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    Add the rum and stir very gently, just to combine.

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    Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave on the counter, out of direct sunlight, for 2 hours.

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    Preheat the oven to 400°F.

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    Butter or spray with cooking spray 18 canelés molds, mini-muffin molds or tartlet molds.

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    Pour the batter into the prepared molds, making sure to fill no further than half-way up.

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    Bake 35-40 minutes, or until the tops are very brown, almost burned at the edges.

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    Unmold canelés and let cool completely before serving.

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Diary of a Canelé Obsessive: The Decades-Long Quest to Bake the Perfect French Pastry

Matt Taylor-Gross

During the summer of 1993, a friend and I biked some 600 miles from Paris to the Dordogne river region of France. Riding through small villages with no advance reservations meant that our mealtimes were unpredictable, so we kept hunger at bay the French way: by picking up snacks at whatever boulangerie or patisserie crossed our paths. Our nylon bags, stuffed with baguettes and pain au chocolat, left a scent trail of butter and chocolate through the wind.

The farther south we went, the more rural the landscape became, and the more peculiar the pastries we encountered. In Poitou, for instance, we laid into tourteau de fromage, a cake made from goat cheese with a blackened sugar top. And in Bordeaux, along with our usual staples, we picked up a couple of weird little sweets not much larger than eggs. They looked like miniature bundt cakes. My main impression at the time was that we should have bought more, because they were delicious, then gone in a bite or two.

It was 17 years before I saw the pastry again, in New York at Le Bernardin. After being dazzled by violet-hued sour cherry spheres and other works of science made by then-executive pastry chef Michael Laiskonis, some petit fours arrived. But the thimble-sized cake that appeared on the plate next to some macarons didn’t fully register. Like a long-time happily married couple who recall that their first two dates were just okay—that was me and canelé.

“Hold it in one hand and take a big bite out of it like an apple,” Dominique Ansel instructed me back in 2011, shortly before opening his Soho bakery. This, he said, was the best way to experience the sublime contrast between the deeply caramelized crust and soft custard-like interior of a canelé.

Ansel pointed to the tiny specks of Tahitian vanilla bean and urged me to inhale the sweet aroma, noting the hints of dark rum. I inhaled. I opened wide. I crunched. And I got it.

Canelés are textural masterpieces. The burnished crust—lacquered with butter and, traditionally, beeswax—crackles like the outer crumb of a fresh baguette, the torched sugar coating on crème brulee, or the burnt corner slice of brownie. The creamy insides are the most delicate custard, luxurious like pastry cream but with a fine porosity. The aromas of egg, vanilla, and rum are unmistakable.

Maybe I was also subconsciously transported back to my carefree 20s and that bucolic bike tour through France. All I knew for certain was that I felt a connection with this pastry.

“I love canelés,” said Laiskonis, now creative director at the Institute for Culinary Education, when I asked him about the pastry. He recounted some feedback he received from Le Bernardin co-founder Maguy Le Coze that helped him understand how such a simple pastry could be so special.

During a tasting, Laiskonis presented Le Coze with some forward-thinking petit fours, and she told him she liked them. But, she demurred, “the final bite the guest takes at the table should represent a reward after the meal, after the more complex dessert courses. We shouldn’t force them to think beyond pure enjoyment.”

Laskonis explained that “adding the canelé to the repertoire fit that guidance, because you don’t need to think about it beyond how delicious it is. That was a huge insight and a lesson I still call upon.”

This is the magic of canelé: dessert concentrated to its essence. And I had to know how to capture it.

Canelés are made with just a few simple ingredients: flour, sugar, milk, eggs, rum, and vanilla. But even more than most French food, virtually every aspect about how to make them is up for debate.

What people disagree about: The mixing order, integration method, and temperature of the ingredients whether to use egg yolks or half yolks and half complete eggs the proper granularity of the sugar how long to rest the batter how hot and for how long to bake them the best mold material whether to use butter, Pam, beeswax, or some combination of these to coat the molds and whether to unmold immediately or wait until the baked pastry has cooled.

What people agree about: Use rum, vanilla and whole milk.

The molds are a particular sticking point. The caramelized-sugar crust of the best canelés comes from the heat conductivity of copper molds, and purists say you simply must commit to the expense of copper. Third-generation pastry chef Francois Payard puts it bluntly: “You can’t make a true canelé in a silicone mold. It’s a bastard canelé.”

Enabling my burgeoning canelé obsession, my wife bought me a couple of Matfer copper tin-lined canelé molds as an anniversary present, and after buying some beeswax on Amazon, I was anxious to dive in and start baking.

I began with a recipe by Pim Techamuanvivit of Chez Pim. Pim, who now runs a popular Thai restaurant in San Francisco, published in 2011 one of earliest and most thorough treatises on the myriad pitfalls of canelé baking: nearly 5,000 words of pastry exegesis in pursuit of perfection.

My first attempts with Pim’s recipe resulted in just enough success—perfectly infused vanilla and rum flavors and an apartment scented with cooked sugar—to keep my canelé compulsion alive. But there were issues. During baking, my canelés didn’t just rise a little out of their molds like they were supposed to they ballooned like soufflés beyond the point of recovery. And although the crust was a pleasing deep mahogany color, it tasted slightly burnt or bitter.

It was a start. But I had work to do.

By this time I was writing regularly about dessert and pastry in New York, and had a network of pastry chefs that were delighted—perhaps with a hint of Schadenfreude—to learn that I was undertaking the canelé, and happy to offer crumbs of advice to a struggling baker.

Bosie Tea Parlor’s Damien Herrgott bakes one of the best canelé in New York, so I approached him about my unwieldy, swelling batter. “I don’t know why so many recipes call for confectioners sugar!” he exclaimed, noting that the cornstarch in the mix can exaggerate a batter’s puff. “Use standard granulated instead.” I did, and the canelé began to behave.

I asked Shawn Gawle, the three-Michelin-starred pastry chef now at Quince in San Francisco, about the displeasing burnt taste. Gawle, who served me an outstanding canelé as part of the petit fours at Corton in New York, suggested using clarified instead of standard butter with my beeswax, because it has a much higher burning point (400 degrees Fahrenheit versus regular butter’s 250). Not only did the bitterness disappear, but my canelés took on a perfect sheen as if they were dunked in shellac.

After overcoming these hurdles, my canelé looked and tasted pretty pro. But there was one more test I needed to pass. Early on, when I expressed my desire to bake the perfect canelé to Dominique Ansel, he smiled and said, “bring it to me when you’re done.” So, against my wife’s advice, and after nearly two years and dozens of batches later, I presented the chef with the fruits of my labor. Ansel did a quick examination, took a bite, and nodded.

I’ve since cut back on the sugar a hair and the resulting canelés are, if I do say so myself, pretty close to the Bordeaux standard.

Triumph is sweet. And the botched batches along the way weren’t half bad either.

A Word About Molds

Matt Taylor-Gross

If you’re beginning a canelé journey of your own, start with silicone molds. To be clear, they won’t yield pastries with the deeply caramelized crust of copper, but will also only cost around $15, versus the $230 or so for eight copper ones. If you find yourself bitten by the canelé bug, go ahead and treat yourself. Matfer and Mauviel are both made in France, are well regarded, and will last for generations. Matfer offers a slightly smaller mold that holds about 62 grams of batter. The slightly more industrial strength Mauviel holds about 72 grams of batter and yields a larger canele.

And another budget option: In the last few months, an American mold manufacturer has appeared on Amazon selling four copper molds for a total of $50, a big discount over the French ones. I haven’t personally used them, but the initial reviews seem promising.

Wear a Coat—But a Thin One

Whether you’re using copper or silicone molds, a swipe of softened butter or even some cooking spray will make for perfectly fine canelés. But for the glossiest finish and best flavor, coat the interiors with a 50/50 mix of beeswax (which incidentally adds a nice honeyed note) and clarified butter.

But the coating should be thin so the batter keeps in contact with the molds. To help this along, heat the molds until hot to the touch and cool them open-end-down so the excess can drain way.

Get Your Rest

After mixing your ingredients but before filling your molds and baking your canelé, you must rest the batter for at least 24 hours. This allows the flour to properly hydrate and for the gluten to develop, ensuring that your canele keep their shape when they rise out of the molds during baking. The rest also allows the rum and vanilla to fully permeate the batter. I recommend 48 to 72 hours, because the longer the rest, the stronger the rum and vanilla flavor in the canelé.

Get the recipe for Canelés de Bordeaux » Matt Taylor-Gross

Vanilla Canelé Recipe

You’re about to enjoy one of the most delicious french pastries with this Vanilla Canelé Recipe. The outer crust has a deep flavored caramelized texture that encapsulates a soft custard like center. Not to mention the gorgeous shape and powerful vanilla flavor that makes this a favorite amongst dessert lovers.

This Bordeaux originated classic french dessert is referred to as cannelés (pronounced “can-eh-lay”), or often spelled canelés. A perfect accompaniment to your hot tea or coffee for breakfast or an after meal dessert.

Caneles are traditionally made with individual copper molds, which are lined with beeswax before pouring in the batter. But, for this recipe I decided to try a silicone mold that makes eight caneles at once. Baking time is adjusted for the difference in molds, but the final outcome is delicious!

I plan to make them again using beeswax and butter in the silicone molds and share a comparison for the copper molds. Meanwhile give these a try and let me know how it goes!!


Make the batter a day in advance. Put 160ml milk, the butter, the vanilla pod and seeds, and 20g sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over a medium heat. Remove from the heat and let cool to about 38C or until lukewarm to the touch – too cool and the butter will congeal, too hot and the eggs will start to cook.

Whisk in the egg mixture until incorporated, then mix in the rum and the rest of the milk.

Mix the flour, remaining sugar and 1/2 tsp salt together in a bowl. Whisk in the liquid in thirds, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl between additions. Avoid over-whisking: too many air bubbles will result in dry canelés. The batter should have the same consistency as double cream.

Strain the batter through a sieve into an airtight container. Press clingfilm directly onto the surface of the batter to prevent a skin from forming. Close the lid tightly and chill in the fridge overnight to rest the batter.

Heat oven to 230C/210C fan/gas 8. Warm eight (or 16 if you have them) 5cm canelé moulds on the middle shelf in the oven for 5-10 mins. This helps to give the canelés a crunchy, caramelised exterior.

Brush the moulds with a thin layer of melted beeswax (too much will cause the mixture to spill out during baking). Wring the clingfilm of any mixture that sticks to it, then gently mix to recombine ingredients that may have settled overnight. Do not overmix, or you risk incorporating too much air. The more uniform the batter, the better the final product.

Fill each mould with batter. Be sure to leave 0.5cm at the top – when the canelé bakes, it will rise slightly and then sink, so it is important to account for this.

Put the moulds on a baking tray and bake on the middle shelf for 10-15 mins. Rotate the tray by 180 degrees, reduce oven temperature to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4 and bake for 30-35 mins. (Baking time can vary depending on your oven.) Keep an eye on the canelés’ colour during the final mins to avoid over- or under-baking. The bottom should be a deep maple syrup colour.

Remove the canelés from the oven, let sit for 10 mins, then turn the moulds upside down and gently tap the base until the canelé drops out. Cool completely before serving.


500g whole milk
100g butter, unsalted
250g granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 yolks
Pinch salt
2 scraped vanilla beans (or 2 teaspoons vanilla paste, or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract)
100g all purpose flour
3 tablespoons rum

For the white oil:
180g butter
120g beeswax

1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a small pot, then pour in the milk and heat just until warm.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, yolks, sugar, half the flour, a pinch of salt, and vanilla bean (or paste/extract) until smooth.

3. Whisk in about half of the flour mixture, then about half of the warm milk and butter mixture. Add the remaining flour and whisk it in, followed by the remaining milk and butter. Lastly, whisk in the rum. Pour the batter into a container, pop a lid on it and chill it in the fridge overnight.

4. The next day, take out the batter and allow it to come to around room temperature. Preheat the oven to 525º F and place an oven rack on the lower middle half of the oven. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

5. To grease the molds, melt 180g butter in a small pot over medium heat, then stir in 120g beeswax and keep heating until fully melted. Keep on low heat to keep the oil hot. Place the molds on the baking sheet and pop them in the oven for 1 minute, just to warm them through. Remove from the oven and, working with one at a time, fill the canelé mold completely with white oil. Pour it back into the pot and invert the mold on a paper towel to drain excess oil. Repeat with the remaining molds, warming them again if needed and keeping the oil on low heat. This takes a while, but getting a thin coating is best and takes practice.

6. Whisk or blend the batter together right before baking — I whizz mine with my immersion blender. Fill the oiled canelé molds with batter, leaving just about 1/8” of room at the top for them to grow (reference photo at end of recipe). Bake for 15 minutes on 525º, then turn the oven down to 375º and bake a further 30 minutes. Note: if using larger molds, expect more bake time. Bake until they’re dark golden brown all over, maybe 10-15 additional minutes.

7. When the bake time is up, take the canelés from the oven and immediately remove them from their pans and place onto a wire rack to cool — this is when they will become crisp. I use tongs for this step. Eat the canelés the day they’re baked for best texture! If I ever have any leftover, I refresh them at 400º for about 7 minutes and let them cool again, which comes petty close just baked freshness.

Help! My canelés are blonde on top!

This could be because they’re rising out of the molds during baking. Check if they have “mushroomed” out of their molds about halfway through the total bake time. If they have, I’ve found some success removing them from the molds and placing them back in the pan — they’ll usually shrink back in.

You could also need a higher oven temperature. 525º and then 375º work for my oven, which has a lot of space inside. Some use 550º and 400º, try them out and figure out what works for you!

I use aluminum foil to make the clean up easier after baking. This is how high I fill my molds! You can also see the thin layer of beeswax near the edge.


Place the milk, butter and vanilla paste in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.

Sift the flour, icing sugar and salt into a large bowl.

Place the eggs and egg yolks in a bowl and beat lightly.

Pour the milk mixture and the eggs into the dry ingredients and whisk until it forms a smooth batter.

Strain the batter into a clean bowl.

Stir through the rum or rose-water, cover the bowl with cling film and refrigerate for 2 days or longer to rest.

Preheat the oven to 240°C. Place a greased silicone canelé pan on a baking tray and heat in the oven for 5 minutes.

Remove the batter from the fridge and mix gently. Pour the batter into the moulds until it reaches 1 cm from the top.

Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 190°C. Bake for a further 45 minutes, or until golden.

Remove from the moulds immediately and cool on a wire rack.

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Foolproof Canelés Bordelais

Every time I see a canelé I have a canelé. So when I was in France last summer I had a canelé or two. And then I saw the canelé molds in the supermarché. And promptly forgot about how hard everyone says they are to make. More so in silicone molds.

So here I was, back from France, with a silicone canelé mold and a panic attack. But I had laid my bed, so now I had to lay in it (and give myself an excuse to finally get a sugar thermometer).

Kitchn to the rescue

I was terrified to make these, but because I was scared I finally didn’t fuck up a bake! I followed the recipe from Kitchn to a tee, and that’s been my saving grace with these delicious assholes ever since.

Keep in mind that this is a process of days, not hours.

Sorry, silicone only

To retain my sanity I will only be sharing the recipe for silicone mold canelés here. Refer to the Kitchn for the copper mold versions, which seem like a lot more of a nuisance and are also a lot more pricey.

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Pastry expert Niko Triantafillou of Dessert Buzz has made creating the perfect canelé one of his life quests. His recipe is the real deal: crunchy and caramelized to a deep mahogany brown on the outside, moist and custardy within, and deeply perfumed with dark rum and vanilla bean. Get the recipe for Canelés de Bordeaux »

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Quick Canelés - Recipes

Canelés are small French pastries are made with milk, eggs, sugar, and flour and are flavored with vanilla and rum.

My wife loves to bake, everything from bread, to scones, to her latest passion: canelés. These small French pastries are made with milk, eggs, sugar, and flour and are flavored with vanilla and rum. They are baked in special molds, which give them their characteristic striated cone shape. Once done, they have a soft chewy center and a harder caramalized exterior. And they taste, well, divine!

It all started with a recipe and a pan she ordered online and her practicing with me as a guinea pig. The first few didn’t taste right but after a more rounds, she perfected them. All this was done in advance of a trip we had planned to France, where she planned to compare her canelés to those of the best French pâtisseries.

We started out flying to Paris and from there, we took the TGV to Dijon where we boarded the L'Impressionniste, one of the luxury canal barges of the European Waterways fleet. This was a seven-day cruise through the Burgundy area where we enjoyed three gourmet meals a day prepared by our personal chef and slowly made our way through some of the prettiest countryside in France. Each day, we stopped at various towns and had time to explore.

More than once, my wife ducked into a pastry shop and came out with a bag filled with these tempting little treats. After sampling them, she gave her seal of approval (big smile on her face) that let me know that they were at least as good as hers, but probably better.

We had about four days to spend on the return trip to Paris and part of our stay included the luxury hotel, Fouquet’s Barrièr. Complete with your own personal butler, free minibar stocked with your favorites and plush surroundings, this is the place to experience, at least once in your life, what it’s like to be truly pampered.

Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements, each one containing its own treasures that include some of the world’s best museums, cathedrals, gardens, and, of course, pâtisseries that specialize in pastries and sweets.

The Metro takes a little getting used to but is one of the best ways to get to and from various areas. I liked the St. Michael and St. Germain districts and we spent a good deal of time walking around the cobblestone streets, taking photos, and sampling canelés. It has been suggested that canelés were an invention of 18 th century nuns in a Bordeaux convent. The confections are typically about two inches in height and, as I found out, quite addicting.

We stumbled into BHV Marais on a busy shopping street that not only had a restroom but a huge cooking section with canelé molds galore, sending my wife into mild euphoria. Her only problem was figuring out how to squeeze another cooking item into her already crammed rollerboard case. “I’ll get it in there,” she confidently muttered.

As our time in France came to an end, we made our way back to the airport and back home. Our memories were still strong, lingering in our jet-lagged haze, but it was comforting to know that whenever the mood struck, we could always bake our way back to the land rich in history and canelés.


In a small saucepan, combine milk and vanilla bean and its scrapings. Bring milk to the scalding point over medium-high heat, then remove pan from heat and add 3 tablespoons of butter. Set aside to cool to lukewarm.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar and flour. In a separate small bowl, whisk together egg yolk, eggs, and rum. Whisk the egg mixture into the sugar-and-flour mixture, then whisk in the milk mixture. Strain into a container cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours and up to overnight.

To prepare the molds for baking, melt beeswax in a small saucepan over low heat. Add the remaining 12 tablespoons butter, and stir until butter is melted. Remove mixture from heat. Using a narrow pastry brush, carefully coat the inside of eighteen 2-by-1-inch cannele molds. If the wax mixture starts to set up or thicken, return it to the heat for a moment until it thins.

Remove batter from the refrigerator at least 1 hour before baking it. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place waxed cannele molds on a parchment paper?lined rimmed baking sheet to prevent any wax and butter that melts from the molds from dripping onto the bottom of your oven and creating a fire hazard. Fill molds three-quarters full with batter, whisking batter frequently and well to ensure that the sugar and flour remain evenly distributed.

Bake until the surfaces of the canneles are dark brown, about 50 to 55 minutes. Remove from oven, being careful not to spill any of the hot wax on yourself. Using tongs, pick up each mold and tap it upside down to remove cannele. After a few taps, it may be necessary to use a paring knife to loosen from the mold. Serve warm.

I continue to test the tester canelé until it is the right color, then I remove the rest and allow them to sit for a few minutes before unmolding. There is a broad range of colors for canele. This is an example of one made in a copper mold, that is still a bit on the light side.

Pictured here, the difference between a canelé baked in an aluminum mold and one baked in a copper mold (same exact baking time and oven rotation). The size difference of the mold puts the aluminum at a disadvantage.

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