Love Italian Desserts? Learn How To Make The Perfect Cannolis

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Blog, Food & Cooking | 0 comments

Have you ever had a feast at an Italian restaurant such as Naples Pizza? You may have enjoyed a fresh Italian salad, pizza, pasta, or even a meat dish. Once you were through with the appetizers and the main course, you may have looked at the menu for desserts and decided to try a cannoli. If you couldn’t get enough of the dessert and would love to have some again, you can attempt this recipe for a flavorful authentic Italian dessert at home.

Creating the Perfect Crispy Cannoli Dough

A cannoli consists of fried dough with a sweet creamy filling in the center. Before you can make the filling, you’ll need to make your dough shells. These are the ingredients and supplies you should have:

  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1 ½ tablespoons white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 3 cups vegetable oil
  • 5-inch round cookie cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Pastry brush

Directions:

  1. Place the almond meal, white sugar, cinnamon, and salt together in the bowl of a large electric mixer and blend them together for a minute.
  2. Pour your coconut oil, vanilla extract, and white wine into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Begin mixing those ingredients together until they create thick and sticky dough.
  3. Use your hands to grab the dough from the mixing bowl and set it flat on a table. Knead the dough with your hands and knuckles for 3-5 minutes until you’ve turned it into the shape of a ball.
  4. Set your dough into a bowl, cover it with a clear wrap, and leave it in the fridge for 4-6 hours.
  5. Remove the dough from the bowl, set it down on the table, and begin rolling it out until it’s flat.
  6. Use a 5-inch round cookie cutter to cut circles in your dough until you no longer have any left.
  7. Take one of your round pieces of dough, grabbing the left side with one hand and the right side with the other, and then overlap the sides to create a shell-like appearance. Press down on the center of the dough with your thumb and pointer finger to seal it shut and continue the same process for each round piece of dough that you have.
  8. Pour your egg white into a small bowl and use a pastry brush to gently wipe egg white on each of them.
  9. Place a large pot on medium-high heat on the stove. Fill it up with 3 cups of vegetable oil and allow the oil to heat for 3-5 minutes.
  10. Place 2-3 dough shells in the oil at a time. They’ll need to cook for about 3-6 minutes, or until they become golden. Remove them from the oil and set them down on a baking sheet to drip dry.

Preparing Your Sweet Filling

Making the shells for the cannoli is the most challenging part of this dessert. Once you’ve got your shells created, you can focus on making the sweet filling. Make sure that you have:

  • 2 ½ cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate shavings
  • 1 large sandwich bag

Directions:

  1. Place your ricotta cheese into a strainer to drain it out. You’ll want it as dry as possible.
  2. Place the ricotta cheese into a mixing bowl with the powdered sugar. Whisk these ingredients together for 3-5 minutes until they’re blended to perfection.
  3. Add the cream cheese, vanilla extract, and cinnamon into the bowl and mix again for another 3-5 minutes.
  4. Pour your sweet filling mixture into a large sandwich bag, seal it shut, and then cut the tip of one end off. Squeeze the mixture out from the tip of that end and into each of your crispy shells.
  5. Sprinkle chocolate shavings on top of the cannoli cream as a finishing touch. If you don’t like chocolate, you can always add sprinkles, crushed nuts, or even shredded coconut on top.

It does take time to create this dessert because you have to prepare the shells first, but it’s worth it if this is your favorite Italian dessert. After all, there is nothing like biting into a cannoli and enjoying the sweet and crispy flavor that comes along with every bite.

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