Friday, 21 January 2011

Holy Cannoli

I was a huge fan of The Sopranos when it was on and the show, although long-since fitted with cement boots, has caused me to harbour a longing to sample the compulsory baked item for Mob gatherings; the Cannoli.

A Cannoli, for those not in the know, is a Sicilian pastry in a tube shape and is traditionally filled with a vanilla, cinnamon and pistachio nut flavoured ricotta cream. 

These days the pastry is formed in a metal Cannoli mould, which I see are now available at Lakeland, deep-fried or baked and then filled with the cream and dusted with icing sugar.

I decided, having already spent a small fortune with Lakeland this month, that I was going to go down the traditional route and use Cannoli Sticks, which the lovely Mr Right found time to make for me (having spent the entire morning repairing a fence in gale force wind and lashing rain) out of a broomstick (new I hasten to add) cut into approx 15cm lengths with the rough end sanded off.
Mr Right making the Cannoli Sticks
Here are the finished Cannoli Sticks
Finished sticks
I found a recipe for the baked shells on the internet and got to work.

The dough is quite elastic in consistency but easy to work with and I cut out my 7.5cm squares and wrapped them around the sticks
Wrapped and ready for the oven
and popped them into a super hot oven for 7 minutes.  Here's what they looked like when they emerged
Shells cooling
Then I decided to make a cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate chip pastry custard to fill
Finished Cannolis
The cannolis were yummy, although I couldn't eat more than one at a sitting (believe me I tried!) and surprisingly easy to make and you can freeze the shells for filling at a later date, just pop them in a hot oven for a couple of minutes to crisp up.  I think it would be quite nice to have some smaller, thinner cannoli sticks made and do some bite-sized ones for parties.


  1. Nothing like a bit of teamwork ;-)!

    Those look amazing, and your filling sounds like pure decadence! You will just have to persevere till you manage more than one in a sitting!

  2. Thanks! The filling makes it and I will keep trying, two is the goal, my other half had two and he said he struggled :)

    Note, I used a nice new(ish) gleaming(ish) baking tray with you in mind!


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