The Sicilian cannolo is certainly one of the best-known, best-loved and, above all, most widely exported sweets in the world.
A symbol of the island’s confectionery art, it is one of the most popular Italian pastry specialties from one end of the Peninsula to the other and abroad.
Recipe makes 32 cannoli shells, and enough filling for 32 shells.
Serve each person 2 cannoli.
For the Shells:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 eggs plus 2 yolks
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup Marsala wine
- 1 egg white, beaten
- Vegetable oil, for frying
For the Filling:
- 16 oz. whole milk ricotta cheese, drained
- 6 tablespoons superfine sugar
- 2 tablespoons candied orange rind, chopped
- Juice of 1/4 lemon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
- 1/4 cup chopped pistachios, (optional)
Place the flour on a work surface and make a well.
Place eggs, yolks, butter, Marsala wine in the well and combine them with a fork.
Gradually incorporate the flour, little by little.
Knead the dough until smooth, about 10 minutes.
Let rest, covered with a damp cloth, about 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
Roll the dough very thin and cut into 4-inch squares with a pizza cutter.
Grease 3/4-inch cannoli tubes and roll the dough around them, sealing the overlap with beaten egg white.
Deep-fry them at 330 degrees F (170 C) until golden brown.
Cool and carefully slide them off the tubes.
Drain the ricotta cheese overnight in a cheesecloth-lined colander in the refrigerator.
The next day, place ricotta, sugar, orange rind, lemon juice, cinnamon, and vanilla scrapings in the food processor and blend until very smooth.
Just before serving, pipe the filling into each shell with a pastry bag and large plain tip. Dip the ends in chopped pistachios if you like.
You can make your own distinct variation of Cannoli.
Try adding cocoa, orange juice, chocolate shavings, maraschino cherries, small pieces of dried apricot or other dried fruit, candied cherries or other candied fruit to the ricotta filling mixture.
Garnish your cannoli with confectioners’ sugar to give a pretty finished look.
Flavoring Cannoli Shells
Why not add a tablespoon of cocoa to the shell mixture to give the cannoli shells a delicious chocolate look and taste.
CANNOLI SICILIANI: THE STEP BY STEP RECIPE FOR THE MOST FAMOUS SICILIAN DESSERT!