Cannelés — pastries traditionally from the Bordeaux region of France — are the perfect size for little hands to grab; these are especially good since they are baked in mini cannelé molds. It’s best to prepare the batter for this cannelés recipe the night before and bake the cannelés the following day. Don’t forget the rum, since this is what gives a cannelé its unique flavor.
You will need: one 30-capacity mini cannelé mold. Cannelé molds are specially designed to give the pastries a thick, caramelized crust with a tender pudding-like inside. Purists often prefer copper molds, but I find that sicilone molds work just fine, and they’re cheaper.
Makes 30 mini cannelés
– 250ml whole milk
– 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped out
– 30g unsalted butter
– Zest of 1 large orange
– 100g blond cane sugar
– 30g quinoa flour
– 25g cornstarch or tapioca starch
– Pinch of sea salt
– 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
– 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp rum
1. In a small pot, heat the milk with the vanilla bean and seeds. Remove from the heat when it starts to boil.
2. Stir in the butter until it melts, and add the orange zest. Cover and let infuse for 30 minutes. Strain and discard the vanilla bean and orange zest.
3. In a bowl, combine the sugar, quinoa flour, cornstarch, and sea salt. Make a well in the middle, and add the egg and egg yolk. While beating with a whisk, add the milk gradually. Stir in the rum and beat just until consistency is uniform.
4. Pour the batter into a pitcher. Cover and place in the fridge for a minimum of 12 hours or overnight.
5. The next day, preheat the oven to 410°F (210°C). Stir the batter before using. Fill each cannelé mold to 1/5 inch (0.5 cm) from the top.
6. Bake the cannelés for 40 to 45 minutes, or until brown.
7. Unmold while they are still warm. Let cool slightly and enjoy! They are best eaten when they are still slightly warm.
8. You can reheat them in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes.
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