Ever since my trip to France in 2009, I became a shameless Francophile – I love just about everything French – art, culture, architecture, language, fashion and most of all – FOOD – particularly the baked goods. First, there were the Macarons – those delicious beauties had my heart the first time I laid my eyes on them. During my second trip to France, I found something else just as addicting – canelés. I had it for the first time when it was included as one of the the Petite Fours at the end of a dinner. I was instantly hooked and it was obvious that I needed to find me a canelés supplier upon my return. Unfortunately, I had no luck finding canelés in San Diego (if any of you know of a place, please let me know!)….so I took it upon myself to reproduce these decadent treats. With the power of Google, I was able to find this detailed recipe that seems promising. Anyway, the process is rather tedious and time consuming but the results are rewarding! Here’s my first attempt:
Caramel-y and crunchy exterior and a moist, creamy custard interior. The texture is to die for. What remains to be desired is the coloring on top of my canelé. I am not too sure why it did not brown on the top. I guess what this means is that I need to try this several more times!