Francois Payard Chocolate Canneles

by Joanne on March 31, 2010

When we start eating stuff like Chocolate Canneles, we have to discuss exercise because you’ll want to work all those sweet treats off. 

The Run:  I didn’t know what I was going to do today.   My first half marathon is a week and a half away.  Should I stick to my distance schedule and run 18 or go for less?  This is what happened.

I fell asleep really early. I wasn’t feeling right.  Woke up really tired and decided to eat half of this


to fuel the first part of my run. Still unsure of how long, how many miles I was going to do.  I felt nauseous as soon as I hit the treadmill.  Luckily there was a show on Foodnetwork I hadn’t seen regarding Kosher cooking for Passover which took my mind off my body for half an hour.

My stomach didn’t get any better but at 70 minutes I needed something.  I tried my first gel pak.


BLAH!  Hideous!  It’s a texture thing.  I got a glob in my mouth, went through about 100 different horrible faces (according to Ted who was laughing hysterically) and FINALY swallowed the thing.  Gosh!  Yuck!  I better get used to those things because they seem to be a staple in distance runs.  

It was raining and miserable outside.  I somehow managed 11 miles on the treadmill and finished up with 3.15 outside for a total of 14.15 at a pace of 9.4.  It was NOT an encouraging run for being so close to my first half.

The reason I settled on the 14 miles was a result of a few things:  1.  I felt like crap.  2.  Time was getting on and I would be late in my morning routine if I had tried for more. 4.  The weather wasn’t conducive to motivating a longer run outside and I was fed up with the T/M.   3.  In checking a half marathon training schedule, the long run a week before the race is only 90 minutes.  I went well over that today.   

Now…Payard’s Chocolate Canneles:

A “chewy” crumb.  A favorite of southwest France.  Best eaten the day they are made.


This month the Chocolate with Francois group is making Chocolate Canneles from page 48 of our book, “Chocolate Epiphany”.  The recipe is to be started a day ahead of serving and can be found posted by this month’s star recipe picker:  Sarah of Teapots and Cake Stands.


We were suppose to use silicone or copper molds for a “crown like pattern at the bottom”  but I thought my mini Bundt tins worked out perfectly.

We also had to use a vanilla bean.  Those things are expensive: $10.00 for 2 beans.  I scraped the seeds out then used the bean 2 more times boiling in my morning oatmeal.


Other than the beans, the rest of the ingredients were standard that most bakers have in their pantries and if you have a well stocked bar, you will also have the Meyer’s dark rum.

This recipe went with out a hitch.  The result was just as described “crunchy outside and soft inside”.  Rich with chocolate and a smooth not overly sweet taste.


The worst part of the recipe was the clean up.  There was a lot of clean up and those mini Bundt pans are down right evil to clean.


I bet that’s why Payard says the recipe is “extremely straight forward and simple” because he doesn’t have to wash up after himself.


This was a good recipe and I wouldn’t hesitate to make it again for friends.  Good pick Sarah.


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  • At 2010.03.31 09:17, kristy said:

    Oh Joanne, these are beauties! I bet these are super delicious!

    • At 2010.03.31 10:37, Mallory said:

      WOAH, those look decadent. I wish I had some adorable mini-bundt pans, so cute. I put the scraped out vanilla bean in with my sugar to use up any extra vanilla goodness, those babies are expensive!

      I’m with you about the globby texture of gels, there are a few Power Bar Gel flavours that I don’t mind, they changed the them in the last few years and made them thinner, so the vanilla is okay. But gels in general are still kind of yucky. I make sure I have water in the other hand waiting to wash it down.
      .-= Mallory´s last blog ..#77. Watch the Sunset =-.

      • At 2010.03.31 10:42, sarah said:

        they look perfect! thanks so much for baking along with me this week!

        • At 2010.03.31 11:07, Leslie said:

          These look perfect! I made mine in a silicone muffin mold and loved them.

          I hope you feel better! Swearing off the gel packs might settle your stomach. 🙂
          .-= Leslie´s last blog ..Chocolate with Francois – Chocolate Cannelé =-.

          • At 2010.03.31 13:07, Kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

            those look so good! i have never had luck with those energy bars-too much weirdness is my tummy. the gels i like are gu espresso flavor-can’t stomach any others. have a good day 🙂
            .-= Kalli@fitandfortysomething´s last blog ..Greek Eats and a Bike Race =-.

            • At 2010.03.31 13:42, Judi said:

              Can’t handle those gels at all – nor can I do gatorade – I usually just eat a banana before a long run, anything else just doesn’t work!

              11 miles on your treadmill? Wow! That is impressive!

              and finally your Chocolate Canneles look yummy!
              .-= Judi´s last blog ..Calamari anyone? =-.

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                • At 2010.03.31 15:02, Mags said:

                  They look positively perfect and delicious!
                  .-= Mags´s last blog ..Chocolate Coach’s Oats Muffins =-.

                  • At 2010.03.31 15:04, Joanne said:

                    Thanks all for the comps. on my Cannales. These were actually fun to make – the clean up was not. 🙁

                    As for the gel – I’ll keep working at it because I have no idea what else to take to refuel at mid run. Raisins don’t seem to supply the glycogen fast enough.

                    • At 2010.03.31 19:34, Jonna Green said:

                      Hi Joanne,

                      I just want to say how much I enjoy reading your blog! I’ve gotten so many great and healthy recipe ideas. And your baking looks phenomenal.

                      Question for you on your treadmill…I’ve had the same one for years which does the basics of what I need, but I think it may be getting to be on it’s last legs and it might be time to invest in a new one. Any suggestions? I don’t need anything too fancy, I love to power walk and I like to jog, but don’t feel the need to do sprinting, but I do want something sturdy.


                      • At 2010.03.31 19:57, Joanne said:

                        Hi Jonna:

                        We have a Vision Fitness T9500 Deluxe. I really wasn’t sure if I would like it at first because I was used to the ones at the gym, those having wide belts and multiple options. Now that I’m used to it, it’s my best friend. To be honest, I went nuts comparing all the different well known models.

                        What it comes down to is looking at the features MOST important to you and not the ones

                        that are simple luxuries. A good treadmill is expensive and every extra feature adds a little more.

                        If you are in New York state, a good contact is George Shaheen. He set up our entire home gym and recommended all our equipment. Great guy, good prices. Here is his


                        Even if you don’t buy thru him – he will be a valuable source of information. I think he covers a wide territory.

                        Hope that helped and wasn’t Tread mill overload?

                        Thanks for your questions and comments.

                        • At 2010.03.31 22:04, Julie said:

                          These look great. Mine didn’t turn out so well, a little overbaked.
                          .-= Julie´s last blog ..Chocolate Canneles – Chocolate With Francois =-.

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