About this recipe:Not only do these little Italian pastries look and taste delicious, but this cannoli recipe stays true to the classic version, right down to the mixed peel and chocolate pieces in the filling and the finish of chopped pistachios on top. You won't be able to resist these! Best if you use tubular cannoli moulds.
Makes: 20 cannoli
For the cannoli shells
150g plain flour
1 tablespoon caster sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons vinegar
3 to 6 tablespoons dry Marsala wine
corn oil for frying
For the filling
1kg sheep's milk ricotta cheese
200g icing sugar
60g mixed peel
40g plain chocolate, chopped into small pieces
icing sugar for dusting
20g chopped pistachios
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Place the ricotta into a large bowl, then beat in the icing sugar until well combined. Stir in mixed peel and chocolate pieces. Chill the filling in the fridge for about 3 hours.
For the cannoli shells:
Mix together all cannoli ingredients, except for the corn oil, to form a dough. Cover with cling film and let rest for 30 minutes.
On a lightly floured surface, knead the cannoli dough until smooth, then roll out to 3-4mm thick. Cut out 20 squares, about 10x10cm each. Wrap each square around metal tubular moulds and overlap two edges of the square, sealing together with warm water.
Heat a large saucepan of oil over medium high heat. Once hot, fry the cannoli shells on the tubes in batches for about 10 minutes, or till golden and crisp. Remove from oil and place on kitchen paper to drain. Cool just long enough so that you can handle the tubes, then carefully twist the tube to remove the shell. Set the shells aside to cool completely.
No more than an hour before serving, use a piping bag or spoon to fill the cooled cannoli shells with the prepared filling. Set the cannoli on a serving platter and sprinkle with pistachios and icing sugar.
You can replace sheep's milk ricotta with the more typical cow's milk version. The flavour will be less intense but your cannoli will still be tasty.
Fill the cannoli just before serving, or the shells will get soggy. You can make the filling and shells well in advance, just keep them separated till serving. The shells can be stored for weeks in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.