I stumbled across these little bundles of goodness whilest on honeymoon in Bordeaux back last year in April and have not been able to find them since. It was a few months later that I found out that they originated in Bordeaux. When finally I found a place that makes them but to my misfortune, they were made at Tivoli Road Bakery all the way over in Melbourne. I then contacted them on where I could possible get the little copper mounds as it was becoming apparent that I was going to have to make them. They then told me about a little French antique place called Lily Pond. Since getting these little copper moulds there has been no coming back! This recipe is for sweet Canelé’s.


370g Milk

– 37g Butter, Plus More For Greasing

– 188g Sugar

– 115g Bread Flour

– 50g Egg Yolk

– 40g Dark Rum

– 2g Salt

This will make about 24 small pastries


1. Heat the milk and butter together in a small saucepan on medium-low heat until the butter is completely melted.

2. Place sugar, flour, egg yolk, rum, and salt into an electric mixer. Mix on the slowest speed, and slowly incorporate the warm milk and butter mixture. Mix for about a minute, or until smooth. You will have a very thin batter.

3. Melt the extra butter and brush it into cold moulds. Don’t be shy with the melted butter or you will be in a world of hurt later. Canelés can stick and are very hard to clean up after trust me. I freeze my moulds so when you brush the butter in you get a nice thick coating.

4. Fill the small canelé moulds with batter until you are about 1cm from the top of the mould, about four-fifths full.

5. Bake the small canelés at 200°C for 34 minutes in a convection oven. If they are not dark in colour after 34 minutes keep an eye on them and check every 3 minutes. You want them to be a real dark brown almost burnt in colour.

6. While the canelé moulds are still hot, grab each one with a towel or oven glove and bang it upside down on aboard as soon as possible this will release the pastry.

Removing the canelés quickly their moulds is crucial for two reasons. First off, if you allow the pastry to cool down inside the mould, they will quickly crystallize and stick to the mould. This means lots of cleaning or a small container which takes forever. Secondly, they cool down quickly and this will make them develop a much thicker and crunchier crust.

7. Allow them to cool completely and enjoy 😀

Recipe adapted from the guys at ChefSteps

Fish Vindaye


I was lucky enough to go on a family holiday over the Christmas break (Thanks Mum and Dad) to the very remote island of Mauritius. Naturally I looked up places to eat and drink but also what is the most iconic dish that Mauritius has to offer. With lots of Indian mixed in with French and Creole the flavours were to die for. Upon my search I came across one dish in particular which was Fish Vindaye, close to a Vindaloo but as Mauritian have an abundance of seafood it has been adapted to suit their local cuisine. Super tasty and packed full of flavour I highly recommend trying this dish!


– 1kg Fish fillets (Any of your favourite fish)

– 9 Cloves of Garlic

– 2.5 Tbsp Mustard seeds

– 2 Red Chilies

– 1 Tbsp Turmeric Powder

– 3 Medium Onions

– 10 Medium Green Chilies, Sliced lengthwise (I used green runner beans as we had some people who didn’t like the heat :-O)

– Salt and Pepper to Taste

– Oil for the pan

1. Salt and pepper the fish then in a large saucepan or Dutch oven, add the oil and in batches fry the fish until golden brown. Drain the fish from excess oil on paper towel then cut into bite size pieces. Do the same with the onions, the chilli or beans and cook until just translucent, set aside.

2. Combine the mustard seeds, garlic, chilli (If using, I replaced this with onion) and a splash of water in a food processor and blitz to a fine paste.

3. In the same saucepan or Dutch oven pour in about two tbsp of oil and once hot, add the turmeric ground and paste you made earlier and stir to combine.

4. Turn the heat down low then add the fish, beans or chilies and onion into the pan with the spice and mix to combine. Season to taste and enjoy!