I've been sheepishly keeping up with the doings of FFwD for 3 years now. 3! 3 years!
When I heard Baking Chez Moi was being published, I thought maybe that would be a great time for me to start blogging again. Well, I really needed something to galvanize me. I mean, a lot has changed in 3 years. I can tell that people have learned a lot in terms of their food photography and the blogs now have their own hosting and what-not. As for me, I'm still professoring, but now I have a new double-oven/stove! Far more life-altering (though being able to bake 2 things at once at different temps is kind of a big deal) is that I have a nearly 2.5-year-old little girl! I'm hoping she and I can bake together sometimes. We have a kitchen tower she can climb on and she can stir a mean spoon.
Anyway, on to the baking! We had 4 recipes from Baking Chez Moi among which we could choose for today. I chose to make cannelés. It was for no particular reason. Okay, I think maybe I felt like buying some kitchen stuff. I did some research and decided to buy a de Bruyer mini-cannelés mold and I'm doing a mixture of beeswax and butter on the cups.
But! First, I made the batter. Now, for anyone who's not familiar, we generally don't post recipes out of respect for the author and, really, because you should buy the cookbooks! But, this once, just look below and you'll see a link to all 4 recipes!
Here's my ingredients and some extra spoons to make it look all official or something:
Cannelés batter is quite easy to put together; it's the waiting that's kind of a bummer.
Now, it's the next morning--Friday, the 24th, the day I'm supposed to be posting--and I'm futzing around with the beeswax/butter mixture that this blogger said was the best. I totally believe her, but there's one thing that's kind of important--and that I should've remembered--regarding my possible success: I've never worked with beeswax before. So, it's 6:15 am, I'm just starting my coffee, and I'm madly trying to melt the beeswax with the butter, pour it into the molds and somehow get an even coating. Needless to say, I've got spatters of beeswax drying on my arm right now. It's like a salon paraffin wax gone bad. Sigh.
Here we are before I created the mess. Chez Pim mentions that brushing creates an uneven coating and it kind of ruins the brush, so she pours some melted beeswax/butter into the molds, pours it out, and inverts on a wire rack. I thought this sounded like a fabulous idea and I can see how beeswax does add a bit extra essence de miel. The inverting part didn't go as planned (ahem), hence the waxy stuff where it shouldn't be in my kitchen...and on me.
With how my morning began, I really did feel like this might end up as one of those Pinterest "Nailed It!" things. Of course, it's my fault. But, this is really why I should allow more time for stuff...
Pinterest "nailing it" like this:
And, finally, the cannelés are done! They didn't bake evenly in my silicone mold, which is likely related to the uneven amounts of beeswax/butter. Either way, they are yummy and my husband took one, stopped in his tracks, and said, "Oh, these are good!"
Look at that center! Loved the contrast in textures from the caramelized exterior to the more pudding-ish center.
In more serious matters, here's the blogroll of everyone else doing the BCM Birthday Bake-up (I like it! The BcmBB!) and the other fabulous recipe options to choose from: