CANNOLI RECIPE #pastries #dessert
Making Cannoli sans preparation is an artistic expression. It requires investment and persistence. What's more, the outcomes are the absolute most compensating I've at any point experienced in the kitchen.
The best shell and the best topping I can fall off with is the thing that I need for my valuable cannoli. I've made it so often I feel comfortable around it quite well. Be that as it may, I've committed my errors.
Cannoli resemble music (only a fast fyi, somebody has remedied me once: cannoli is plural, cannolo is solitary). Ahem, as I was stating… music. Every one of the notes meet up to frame a symphonious tune. The ideal cannoli are symphonious. They are light and not excessively sweet. They are the ideal parity of taste, surface. They soften in your mouth.
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- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large egg yolks slightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons butter softened
- 2/3 cup dry white wine or Marsala wine
- 5 cups ricotta cheese store-bought or homemade, recipe for homemade below
- 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar sifted
- 1 vanilla bean split and seeds scraped (Read Note 1)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
To make the dough
- Mix flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer, or any bowl if you plan on kneading by hand. Add butter and yolks to the flour mixture. Mix until incorporated and crumbly, then start adding the wine slowly. Mix with the paddle attachment or with a spoon to form a ball. Switch to dough hook and start kneading until soft and smooth, about 2 minutes, or knead by hand for a few minutes. Add more flour as necessary but try to add as little as possible.
- Once the dough is smooth, flatten it out a bit into a disk. Wrap it well with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for a few hours, at least 4, or preferably overnight.
- On the next day, remove the dough from the fridge. You can roll dough out by hand or with the use of a pasta roller. No matter what method you use, divide the dough into 6 pieces and roll them out individually to make it easier. With my pasta machine, I roll the dough through the machine once on every number and stop on number 5. Flour your counter and sprinkle flour over the dough. Don’t use too much flour, just enough to handle the dough easily so it doesn’t stick to the counter when you are trying to cut the circles.
- Cut circles with your biscuit cutter. I use a 3” cutter and that makes small cannoli, but you can make them bigger, just choose a larger cutter, such as the 3.5” or 4”.
- I usually roll all of my 6 pieces of dough out, cut circles out of them. Roll out the dough scrapes and do the same. And you can roll out these second scrapes once again to obtain a few more circles.
- Once you have all your circles cut you can start wrapping them around your cannoli tubes and frying them. (or if you are crazy like me, you can fry the shells and roll the dough out at the same time, but get ready to move fast)
- To wrap tubes, place each in the middle of a dough circle, roll out the bottom half and lightly dip your finger in water and brush where will be the seam so the other side will seal. Don’t wrap your tubes too tight or you will have a hard time removing the shell after frying. Just make it a tad looser.
- Heat 4 cups of shortening in a large pan with a heavy bottom until it registers 350F. Start frying the cannoli in batches. Fry for a couple minutes on one side and then flip it over with tongs. Once the cannoli is golden brown, remove to a tray lined with wire so the cannoli will drain. If you are lucky like me, you have several tubes and that makes life easier. If not, wait a couple of minutes before removing the shell from the tube after fried. And go on wrapping more until you are done. Wrapping, frying, wrapping, frying. Once shells are cool, place them in an air-tight container, they will keep for 3 days, but start to loose quality the longer they sit.
To make the filling
- Add ricotta and vanilla seeds to the bowl of a stand mixer and whip with the whisk attachment for 2 minutes on medium speed until ricotta is fluffy and the seeds have incorporated and spread. Add already sifted sugar slowly. Once sugar is incorporated, add vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
- Don’t assemble until you are ready to serve or serve within the next couple hours because if you let the filled cannoli sit, the shell gets soggy. I like to keep the filling in a piping bag inside my fridge and the shells stored in a airtight container on my counter. When ready to serve to my lucky guests, I simply pipe the filling in. Fresh, crispy and delicious! Perfection!
- I like to use a large round piping tip (around 1/2” inch) fitted in a large piping bag. Scoop the filling in and pipe from the middle to the outside from both sides.
- You can coat the tips in crushed pistachios, or any other nuts or in mini chocolate chips.
- Another option is to dip the ends of the shells into melted chocolate and let them dry for a while and once the chocolate is dry, fill with the ricotta.
- Sprinkle powdered sugar over shells for the final touch.
- 6 cups whole milk
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 5 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
- Bring milk, heavy cream and salt to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Don’t let it actually boil. Keep an eye on it and stir occasionally. As soon as you see the first bubbles surfacing, add vinegar, turn heat off and stir. Let mixture sit for a few minutes.
- Line a large mesh strainer with two layers of cheese cloth over a large bowl. Pour milk through strainer and let it drain for at least 1 hour.
- Refrigerate for a couple hours before using.
- I like to cover my ricotta with the overhanging pieces of the cheesecloth and store in my freezer as it is, in the bowl lined with the mesh strainer and let the ricotta drain overnight or for a few hours, this way you’ll obtain a very firm ricotta.
- This recipe makes a little bit over 2 cups of ricotta.
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