We are now at Part Four of our canelé misadventures. I couldn't work the Star Trek IV "Journey Home" title into the thread title, so skipped it.
We have made a lot of progress. Recipes have been tried and tweaked, and we are at the stage where our canelés stand comparison with anything commercially available that we have tasted. A bold statement, but true. In a taste test in San Francisco, Pilinut's easily beat those made by Boulette's Larder, Patisserie Philippe, and La Boulangerie.
At this point the bakers on Starship Canelé are:
- Pilinut, intrepid Captain. Claims to be a teetotaller, but knows a lot about rum; even has preferences. Generous - Cynsa and I received gifts when we met her for our canelé tasting.
- Trewq, aka "Q", as in the Star Trek troublemaker with the quirky sense of humour. Itinerant, makes frequent visits to Montreal from her lair in the Q continuum. An expert baker of Canelés.
- Souschef (me), whom the Captain thinks has Vulcan tendencies.
- Cynsa, consultant, who has not yet baked canelés, but has batter resting in the fridge. We are anxiously awaiting the results of her baking, due to take place on 30th September 2010. She has recovered from her toss into the primordial soup, aided no doubt by a stiff dose (or seven) of Flor de Caña rum. When she delivers proof of baked canelés to our captain, and posts pictures here, she will be promoted from consultant status.
Pilinut and I played catchup to get to the same stage as Q, who has been refining her canelés.
During the course of these threads we had some Chowhounds express an interest in joining us baking, but then dropped off into the abyss of some black hole. We will gladly have them on board if they show up again.
Besides the bakers and the Consultant we have just one person who has steadfastly remained with us - the Visiting Vulcan Dignitary. Thank you, and take a bow, Buttertart. We look forward to the day when you start applying your formidable baking skills to making canelés.
Unfortunately we seem to have lost our counsellor, Caroline1, who is probably on the Holodeck, hypnotizing some admiral with her charm. Hope she returns here soon.
On with the continuation of this voyage of discovery.....