A wonderful Italian recipe, originating from Sicily. Fried pastry tubes are filled with a mixture of ricotta cheese, sugar, mixed peel and chocolate. Serve as a dessert, snack, with a glass of wine or a cup of tea or coffee.
Cannoli tubes are required for this recipe. You can purchase them online.
The filling can be made using grated orange and lemon zest instead of mixed peel. Other variations include using chocolate chips, cocktail cherries or dipping the ends of cannoli in chopped pistachios.
Please note that when I submitted this recipe, I indicated grated citrus peel to taste and barely 1/2 to 1 cup of powdered sugar, again to taste. My submission did not include the "one cup of candied citron"... I'll assume that the editors added this in error. With regards to rolling the dough, I found that paper-thin was too difficult to achieve with a rolling pin and was happy to have the pasta machine available. I agree with the previous review that if you don't get the pastry thin enough the results will disappoint. I'm sure that those trying to tackle this type of pastry have their own tricks up their sleeves, eveyone finds their best methods. I do hope that those few tricks I included will help first-timers get good results. Good luck and good eating. - 08 Sep 2005 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Your Cannoli recipe is the BOMB!!!!!!!!!!! It's so tradional italian that is so good and these so like the ones my family and I have had. These are EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks, Lydia Nacawa p.s. These were so good with the Marsala wine it pulled the flavors together!!! Five stars ***** - 23 Nov 2005 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I loved the ricotta filling, but I added a small amount of vanilla, 1 teaspoon. - 28 Dec 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)