Matcha Canelés de Bordeaux – Recipe

My recipe uses no expensive copper moulds, no messy beeswax, and no wizardry – but still resulting in crunchy-on-the-outside, custardy-on-the-inside, uniform canelés.




I last posted my classic Canelés de Bordeaux in 2016 – but since reverted it back to draft form because I reckoned I could do better. Three years later, I've come back with a matcha version – I'll be reposting my updated classic canelé recipe very soon.

In both cases, I used my de Buyer silicone canele mould, which seems to be unanimously the best silicone mould for caneles according to the world of digital bakers. Amazon also does a nice set of affordable copper moulds though, if you want to spend a few extra £s on more authentic moulds.



The hardest thing about making caneles is the waiting. you need to wait at least 24 hours for the batter to rest before baking. If you can wait 48 hours – even better.

Ready? Let's go.

Ingredients:

250ml milk
25g unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
125g caster sugar
75g plain flour
5g matcha powder
Pinch of salt
Melted unsalted butter for greasing the moulds

Method:

1. Heat the milk and butter over a low heat in a pan until the butter has melted, and remove from the heat. Let it cool a little, and lightly whisk in the egg and vanilla.

2. Sift the flour, matcha, salt and sugar in a bowl, and gradually pour in the liquid, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Push through a sieve into a jug to remove any last lumps, and chill the batter in the fridge for at least 24–48 hours to get rid of air bubbles and let it rest.

3. Preheat the oven to 220°C, and brush the insides of the moulds with butter, turning the moulds upside-down to let them drain of excess butter.. Give the batter a gentle stir, pour evenly between the moulds until 3/4 full, and bake for 30 minutes. Now reduce the heat to 180°C and bake for a further 30 minutes, until the tops are a very dark brown and crisp.

4. Let them cool for 10 minutes in the moulds before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Dust a little extra matcha powder over the top before serving.


Enjoy, and have fun.

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