Dessert,  Recipe

Rachel’s Canelés

These rich and moist custard pastries have crunchy carmelized shells that give a satisfying CRACK when you bite into them. Originating in Bordeaux, I personally had never heard of, let alone tried, canelés. My life has been seriously enriched with the discovery!


  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 4 Tbsp whiskey
  • 1 Tbsp beeswax
  • 4 Tbsp butter

You will need

***The batter needs to be refrigerated for at least 24 hours, 48 for the best canalés you’ve ever tasted! Makes 16. 

Heat the milk and vanilla until simmering. Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs, sugar and melted butter.  Add half of the heated milk and mix until combined. Mix in flour and salt. Slowly stir in the rest of the milk and the rum. Refrigerate. 

Fast forward 24+ hours: heat the oven to 525. Set a cooling rack over paper towels. Have the molds handy.  Melt the butter and beeswax together. I microwaved them for 20 second increments until they were all melted in a glass pyrex measuring cup. Pour into a mold, then pour the beeswax mix back into the cup. Place the mold upside down on the cooling rack to drain. Repeat until all the molds are coated. I placed mine in the freezer while the oven heated. Take the batter out of the refrigerator and whisk vigorously for a couple of minutes. Once the oven is ready, take the molds out of the freezer and fill. Leave 1/4″ at the top of the molds to prevent overflow. Put in the oven and bake at 525 for 8 minutes. Leaving the oven door shut, decrease the temp to 375 and continue to bake for 35-40 minutes. My cake tester came out clean at 35 minutes. Immediately turn molds upside down on the cooling rack (using oven mitts, of course). The pastries should slide right out. Let cool to room temperature. 

Nerdy Tip

  • place molds in the freezer after coating until the oven is heated

Nerdy Fact

  • canelés are usually sold in sets of 8 or 16

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