Caneles (Canelles) de Bordeaux

Canele Recipe

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: canele, canneles
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 18 canelles
Calories: 167 kcal
Author: Platings & Pairings

Learn how to make Canelés (or Cannelés) de Bordeaux with this Canele recipe. They're a delicious little treat similar to a portable crème brulee. 



  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean split lengthwise and scraped
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter plus 3 tablespoons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup pastry flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons dark rum
  • 3 ounces beeswax finely chopped (about 1/3 cup)


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the milk, vanilla bean, and its scrapings. Bring the milk to the scalding point over medium high heat, then remove the pan from the heat and add the 3 tablespoons of butter. Set aside to cool to lukewarm.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and flour. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, eggs and rum. Whisk the egg mixture into the sugar and flour mixture, then whisk in the lukewarm milk mixture. Strain into a container; cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours and up to 48 hours, the flavors will develop as the mixture sits.
  3. If using copper molds, melt the beeswax in a saucepan over low heat. Add the remaining 3/4 cup butter to the melted wax and stir until the butter is melted. Remove the mixture from the heat and, using a narrow pastry brush, carefully coat the inside of 18 (2 by 1-inch) canneles molds. (Dedicate this brush to canneles making because the wax will get into the brush.) If the wax mixture starts to set up or thicken, return it to the heat for a moment until it thins.
  4. If using silicone molds, there is no need to coat them. However, they should be placed in the freezer for at least 30 minutes prior to using, in order to help develop a nice crust.
  5. Remove the batter from the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before baking it.
  6. Place your molds on a rimmed baking sheet. When you’re ready to bake, fill each mold almost to the top. Place the molds on the middle rack of your preheated oven.
  7. Bake them for 15 minutes at 450F (convection is highly preferred if you have it) then lower the temperature to 375F and bake for an additional 45 minutes for copper molds or 40 minutes for silicone molds. If not using a convection oven, make sure you turn the molds once in a while too to ensure even baking.
  8. Let cool slightly. To remove canelles from copper molds, turn each one over with a pair of tongs and tap until the canelle falls out. If difficult to remove, use a pairing knife to help guide it out. If using silicone molds, use a dish towel to squeeze the bottom of each mold to help remove the canelles. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
Canele Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 26mg1%
Potassium 78mg2%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 345IU7%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.