Cannoli I

Cannoli I

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"Six inch aluminum tubes are usually used to make the shells but I imagine you can improvise with well-scrubbed (3/4 inch diameter) dowels. Have fun."

Ingredients

servings 288 cals
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Nutrition

  • Calories:
  • 288 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 8.9 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs:
  • 44.4g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 8.2 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 33 mg
  • 11%
  • Sodium:
  • 122 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Directions

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  1. To Make Filling: Combine ricotta cheese, 1 1/4 cups white sugar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla until smooth and creamy. Stir in candied citron and semi-sweet chocolate pieces. Refrigerate to chill.
  2. To Make Shells: Sift together into a bowl 3 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender until pieces are the size of small peas. Stir in 2 beaten eggs. Blend in the white vinegar and the cold water one tablespoon at a time.
  3. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Wrap in waxed paper and chill in refrigerator for half an hour.
  4. From cardboard, cut an oval pattern measuring 6 x 4 1/2 inches. Roll chilled dough 1/8 inch thick on floured surface. Using the cardboard pattern and a pastry cutter, cut ovals from dough. Wrap dough ovals loosely around tubes, just lapping over opposite edges. Seal edges by brushing with the slightly beaten egg white.
  5. Set out a deep saucepan 1/2 to 2/3 full of vegetable oil or shortening and heat to 360 degrees F (180 degrees C). Fry only as many cannoli shells as will float uncrowded one layer deep. Fry about 8 minutes or until golden. Turn occasionally while frying.
  6. Drain off excess fat before removing to absorbent paper. Cool slightly. Remove tubes. Cool shells completely.
  7. When ready to serve, fill with chilled ricotta filling. Sprinkle ends of cannoli with chopped pistachio nuts and dust shells with confectioners' sugar. Keep cannoli filling refrigerated.

Footnotes

  • Editor's Note
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

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I'm Italian and we use Powder Sugar in place of granulated in the filling, no citron, small choc. chips only & I do not like any flavoring. Granulated sugar will probably make this very watery....

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I am rating the cannoli shells, as I made my own filling. I found the dough to be too dry, so I added an additional 2 tbsp. of water. The dough itself is pretty tough so you have to knead for at...

I'm Italian and we use Powder Sugar in place of granulated in the filling, no citron, small choc. chips only & I do not like any flavoring. Granulated sugar will probably make this very watery....

The shells were perfect. However, I found using powder sugar was better than regular. I didn't use the Citron as I'm not a fan of it. Next batch, I'll eliminate the chocolate as well and use fru...

Make sure you thin out the dough. Also you can use lemon peel instead of the candied citron. This is the tastiest ever!

Ricotta must be dry, I drain in a sieve with weight on top over night, I also used powdered sugar as I think it blends better. The dough recipe actually made over 30 shells, I rolled them as th...

I used the shell recipe many years ago. It has a better taste and consistency to it then the ones made with wine. Being Italian I did not follow the filling recipe because we use powdered suga...

I bought the shells at the local Italian bakery. The filling was runny, I should have drained the cheese. A little corn starch thickened it right up. The flavor was great. I lucked out and found...

I am rating the cannoli shells, as I made my own filling. I found the dough to be too dry, so I added an additional 2 tbsp. of water. The dough itself is pretty tough so you have to knead for at...

My shells were a disaster - but the filling was amazing! I used mini chips, and powdered sugar as someone had suggested - very yummy!

I'm sorry to say, but this recipe did not turn out well at all. I followed everything to a T, but the cannoli shells were thick and tough. The filling was way to sweet, and chocolate chips wer...