After baking 27 batches of Cannelles de Bordeaux in the year 2006, I had maybe 5 satisfactory results. All other 22 times were exciting and delicious adventures.
The most difficult part of making Cannelles or Canneles is the Baking. But there are few others that matters...
I always try to imagine how the nuns in Bordeaux, France would have been preparing and baking Canneles in the old days mixing ingredients, preparing canneles molds--with butter and beeswax mixture, rum...why rum...no refrigeration, so...to keep the eggs from spoiling? or during its minimum 12-hours setting in refrigerator -- 'supposedly' curing....hmmm, very interesting. I will leave the scientific part of what Rum is doing with Eggs and Sugar and Flour to FoodNetwork's Alton Brown, but here is my result for Year 2007, Batch 5 -- The Perfect Home Baked Canneles.
Materials to Gather:
- Timer Clock
- Gas Oven - the test completed in Large GE Gas Range Oven.
- 2 Large Tray with sides - to keep "butter and beeswax" from spilling out to the bottom of oven to prevent fire. or 1 Large Tray with Sides, 1 Medium Tray with Side.
- Cooling Rack set on top of Cookie Sheet to catch extra dripping "butter & beeswax"
- Extra Tray with Sides for Unmolding process Canneles before transferring to Cooling Rack
- Sturdy Tong that you can lift Copper Canneles Mold. Strong enough to allow you to flip the Copper Canneles Mold over.
- Empty mason jar to store Extra "butter & beeswax" for next use.
- Pastry brush just for Canneles baking stored in plastic ziplock bag in refrigerator.
- 18 Copper tin lined Canneles Molds or 15 minimum.
- Edible, clean Natural Beeswax -- not from Candle. No color added and No chemical used during making into Beeswax block. Buy it from Sacramento Bees store at http://www.sacramentobeekeeping.com/
- FAN to keep kitchen and home cool during summer as you will be baking at 445'F
- Flour and; Cake Flour
- A Strainer; Container with Cover or plastic wrap to cover the container -- glass or plastic
- Myers Dark Rum
- Vanilla Paste or purchase Vanilla Beans at Import/Export at a good price
The following ingredients are the "Control" items and based on Double Batch Recipe I prepared. Modify as needed, but do not change the sugar amount--more is Okay, but not less.
Recipe Modification --**for Double Batch Recipe:
- Sugar - Increase Sugar to 1-1/2 Cup.
- Eggs - Safeway's Organic "Large" Egg - 3 eggs. (If Double Batch Recipe - use 5 eggs Plus 1 egg yolk. ) **If Truly using Extra Large Eggs as FoodNetwork recipe calls for, and; they do weigh in to be Extra Large, then, 2 eggs + 1 yolk.
- Flour - 1-1/2 Cup but--its half Regular Flour, half Cake Flour
- Follow the FoodNetwork's recipe instruction in how to mix the
ingredients. Space each Canneles 1-1/2 Inches apart from each other. Preheat oven to 445'F **Melt beeswax and butter over low heat. I use a dedicated small Pyrex "glass" saucepan with Silverstone co ating. Place one oven rack at the Highest slot at the top. Place second one in 3rd slot from the top. Start your timer and start baking for 1 hour 20 min to 30 min.
- At 1 hour into the baking, Swap Bottom tray to the Top and Top tray to the Bottom rack.
- Before the end of 1 hour 20 minutes, using sturdy metal tong take one canneles out.
- The Canneles should be Dark Chocolate Brown Color--Not Golden Brown.
- Carefully Flip it Over to Receiving Tray (tray with sides). You will see extra 'butter and beeswax' pour out from the bottom of the mold.
- Visually check its overall color. Dark Chocolate Brown--all around? but not burnt.
- ***It should not be Jiggly like Jello - it means the Caramelization has not occurred yet.
- Place it back into the mold and bake it longer.
- If it feels sturdy, dark chocolate brown, Bake 10 more minutes if you would like or take one tray out---work one tray at a time.
Remove the mold and set it to one side of the tray.
Let Canneles cool in Receiving tray for a minute or two---Then,
Transfer it to the cooling rack.
Keep distance from each other 1-1/2 Inches apart or more to allow Caramelization to crystallize.
As Canneles cools on the rack, the Canneles' outer shell will start to form--Crunchy.
Crunchy outside, but Creamy inside.