In a small saucepan, combine the milk, vanilla
bean, and its scrapings. Bring the milk to the scalding point over medium high heat, then remove the pan from the heat and
add the 3 tablespoons of butter. Set aside to cool to lukewarm.
In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and flour. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk,
eggs and rum. Whisk the egg mixture into the sugar and flour mixture, then whisk in the lukewarm milk mixture. Strain into
a container; cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.
To prepare molds for baking, melt the beeswax in a saucepan over low heat. Add the remaining 3/4 cup butter
to the melted wax and stir until the butter is melted. Remove the mixture from the heat and, using a narrow pastry brush,
carefully coat the inside of 18 (2 by 1-inch) canneles molds. (Dedicate this brush to canneles making because the wax will
get into the brush.) If the wax mixture starts to set up or thicken, return it to the heat for a moment until it thins.
Remove the batter from the refrigerator
for at least 1 hour before baking it.
the oven to 425 degrees F.
the waxed canneles molds on a heavy baking sheet with a rim to prevent any wax and butter that melts from the molds from dripping
onto the bottom of your oven and creating a fire hazard. Fill the molds 3/4 full with the batter, whisking the batter frequently
and well to ensure that the sugar and flour remain evenly distributed.
Bake for about 50 minutes, or until the surface of the canneles is dark brown. Remove
from the oven, being very careful not to spill any of the hot wax on yourself. (It is wise to keep children and pets out of
the kitchen during this part of the process.) Using tongs or an old towel, pick up each mold and tap it upside down to remove
the canneles. If it doesn't come out after a few taps, using a paring knife to loosen it from the sides.
Serve warm from the oven.