Cannelé or Canelé ?
Cannelé Bordelaise ( with two n's ) is the original spelling and is the generic used worldwide.
Canelé de Bordeaux ( with one 'n' ) is the spelling specifically reserved for registered producers in the city of Bordeaux Itself.
The Cannelé Story
No one knows the true origin of this Bordeaux speciality, but many stories exist. One of the oldest is that in the 17th century, the nuns of the Convent of the Annunciation in Bordeaux started baking little pastries by using donated egg yolks from local wine makers, who clarified their wines with the egg whites. Nearly forgotten over time, the Cannelé was re-popularised in the first quarter of the 20th century by local bakers, with rum and vanilla now included in the recipe. Cannelés can now be found throughout France and increasingly, around the world!
The Financier Story
These special Tea Cakes were created by pastry chef Lasne in the late 19th century in Paris. Lasne had his pastry shop in the financial district close to the Paris Stock Exchange, which provided many of his customers. Based on an original recipe for “ Visitandines”, Lasne had the idea of baking his cakes in rectangular moulds to evoke the image of a gold bar, and so the Financier was born!
The Cappuccino Brownie Story
The chocolate brownie was developed in the late 19th century and was first referenced in a recipe in 1896, producing a light and cake-like brownie. The rich fudgy recipe as we recognise it today first appeared in 1907 in Boston USA, published in Lowney’s Cook Book.
The Cappuccino Brownie has evolved from the natural marriage between coffee and chocolate with a cream cheese frosting to suggest the characteristic white milk foam topping of a coffee shop cappuccino. The dark chocolate ganache coating provides an additional layer of luxury.
The Madeleine Story
The Madeleine is one of the most popular tea cakes in France. One story goes that the name “Madeleine” was given to these small cakes by King Louis XV of France, in honour of the pastry cook, Madeleine Paulmier. The Kings’ wife, Marie, introduced them to the Royal Court at Versailles and they became the rage all over France.
The Madeleine has also achieved literary fame with the author Marcel Proust’s “ Madeleine moment “ from a scene in the first volume of his masterpiece , In Search of Lost Time.