Canelé by Céline made a visit to the Le Taste of France in September. These little fabulous cakes called Canelés and Financiers pack quite a punch. Here is the lowdown on what they taste like:
A canelé is a small French pastry with a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust. The dessert, which is in the shape of small, striated cylinder approximately two inches in height, is a specialty of the Bordeaux region of France but can often be found in Parisian patisseries as well. Made from egg, sugar, milk and flour flavored with rum and vanilla, the custard batter is baked in a mold, giving the canelé a caramelized crust and custard-like inside.
A financier is a small French cake, often mistaken for a pastry. The financier is a light and moist, similar to sponge cake, and usually contains almond flour, crushed or ground almonds, or almond flavoring. The distinctive feature of the recipe is beurre noisette (brown butter). Other ingredients include egg whites, flour, and powdered sugar. Financiers are baked in shaped molds, usually small rectangular loaves similar in size to petits fours.
Which one would you like to try, or if you have tried both, is your favorite? I love financiers, they are so tasty and not too sweet. I need to try a canelé yet, and hope to do so soon in one of the great french pastry shops in the city.
**Just a little note with this terrible storm this week, hope everyone is safe and secure. Remember that "things" can be replaced, but "people" cannot. Stay safe out there.
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