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Canelé from Shigatsu wa kimi no uso (Your lie in Aril)

One of my favorite animes is definitely Shigatsu wa kimi no uso, Your lie in Aril. Just watch it, I can´t explain it without crying…

When i watched Your lie in April for the first time i didn´t even know what a canele was. All I knew was that it looks really good, so I really wanted to make some. Caneles is a french pastry that has a thin, crispy, caramelized shell and a rich, moist, custard interior. To make caneles you need special canele molds that preferably should be out of copper, but the copper molds are very expensive (About 20$ for one mold) so i bought a nonstick mold that makes 9 caneles and that worked really good. You can also buy silicone molds but I would not recommend them, they don´t give the same result as copper or nonstick molds.

Recipe for 9 Caneles

1 Vanilla bean

250 ml Milk

100 g Sugar

50 g Flour

25 g Butter

1 Egg

1 Egg yolk

2 tbsp Dark rum

Start by splitting your vanilla bean in half and scrape out the seeds. I used a pure vanilla powder but i don´t know if you can buy that everywhere so just use a vanilla bean. Pour the milk into a pot and add the vanilla bean and seeds and the butter.

Warm it on the stove until the butter has melted and it almost has come to a boil. Put aside and let cool a little for 2 minutes.

While the milk mixture is cooling, combine egg, egg yolk and sugar.

Now its time to combine everything. This is important to do right so you get the custardy inside of the canele. Throughout this whole step you have to whisk in the egg mixture, otherwise the eggs will cook and it will become scrambled eggs.

Start by adding ¼ of the milk mixture to the egg mixture, whisking the whole time. Then add the flour and keep whisking. 

 When everything is combined, add the rest of the milk while whisking. 

Add the rum and let it cool for about 20 minutes. Then cover with plastic wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours. You cant skip the resting time because it improves the texture and taste. You can keep it in the refrigerator for 4 days, after 48 it is perfect but 24 hours is okay. 

Don´t take out the vanilla bean because it gives more flavor.

After 24-48 hours it is time for the cooking. Preheat your oven to 250 C, this is a really high temperature but that makes the caneles crispy on the outside. Then  brush the molds with soft, not melted butter. This is important and makes the caneles nice and shiny on the outside and make the just slide lout of the molds.

Then take the canele mixture out of the refrigerator, whisk it so everything combines. Then pour it through a fine mesh strainer.

Now fill the molds about one centimeter from the top.

Now it is time to bake them. Put them in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to 190 C, without opening the oven, for 40-45 minutes.

Don´t be scared to burn the caneles, 40-45 minutes does not burn them, it gives them a nice even dark color and a crispy caramelized shell.

When they are done, turn the mold upside down on a baking rack and let cool.

I really recommend you to try making caneles because the are soooo good. The crispy shell and the soft inside, it is heaven! 

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