Perfect cannoli

    2 hours

    The perfect creamy filled Italian pastry. Cannoli shells are deep fried until golden and crisp, cooled and filled with a creamy mixture of ricotta cheese, sugar, vanilla, plain chocolate and mixed peel.

    12 people made this

    Makes: 12 cannoli

    • 250g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 2 tablespoons margarine
    • 1 egg white
    • 175ml red wine
    • 1.5 litres oil for deep frying
    • 675g ricotta cheese
    • 60g icing sugar, sieved
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 130g plain chocolate chips, finely chopped
    • 3 tablespoons cut mixed peel

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:1hr resting  ›  Ready in:2hr 

    1. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Blend in the margarine and egg white. Add the red wine one tablespoon at a time until the mixture forms a ball. Knead the dough enough to bring it together. Cover and let rest for half an hour.
    2. Heat oil in deep fat fryer to 190 degrees C. Divide dough into 2 parts. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 3mm thickness. Cut into 10cm long ovals. Place a cannoli tube onto the oval lengthways and roll up with edges overlapping; seal with a dab of egg white.
    3. Fry cannoli shells 2 or 3 at a time in the hot oil. When golden brown, remove from the oil to drain on kitchen towels. Remove tubes.
    4. To make the filling: In a medium bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese and icing sugar. Fold in the vanilla, chocolate and mixed peel. Chill for at least half an hour before filling shells. Drain off any excess liquid. Fill cooled shells and smooth off the filling at the edges. Keep refrigerated until serving.

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    Well, I didn't drain the ricotta nor did i refrigerate the filling, so I am rating the taste and ease of making it. I did not make the shells (bought at an italian deli. We froze a bunch. worth making!  -  06 Sep 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I loved the shells I made. I wouldn't change them at all. However, I found that even after draining the ricotta, the texture was a little off for my taste. I think next time, I might use mascarpone and maybe some crystallized lemon and a little ginger. Still a very good recipe the way it is.  -  01 Nov 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was a great recipe. I added a little more confectioners sugar to the filling (about a cup.) It came out great! I did have to drain the ricotta. I didn't at first and it was really watery and didn't taste very good. So I put the ricotta in a colander and put it on top of a big mixing bowl and let it sit over night in the fridge. Woke up the next morning and it was the perfect texture! I bought the shells because I was feeling lazy, but this recipe is similar to the one we used at the bakery I worked at a long time ago so I will just assume it will be good haha  -  06 Mar 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)