Cannoli

Basic ingredients:

Shells:
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons of butter, melted
- 3/4 cup Marsala wine
- egg white
- 2 quarts vegetable oil for frying

Filling:
- 1 15oz container of Ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips
- confectioners sugar for dusting

Steps:

  • In a mixing bowl combine flour, sugar and salt. Add the melted butter and marsala wine. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until well mixed.
  • Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.
  • Roll out the dough until very thin. Using a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass, cut dough into 4-inch rounds, and roll again until very thin.
  • Roll each piece tightly around a cannoli tube. Seal with egg white.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a deep 3.5 quart pot to 350 degrees.
  • Place the dough forms in the hot oil and fry until golden brown, 2-3 minutes. Place on paper towels to drain. Cool and gently twist tube to remove shell from form.
  • Place the dough forms in the hot oil and fry until golden brown, 2-3 minutes. Place on paper towels to drain. Cool and gently twist tube to remove shell from form.
  • In a large mixing bowl whip sugar, vanilla and ricotta together until smooth, then stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Spoon filling into a pastry bag with a large round tip. Pipe the ricotta cream into the pastry shells, dust with confectioners sugar and serve immediately.


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