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Cannoli Siciliani di ricotta – Sicilian cannoli

Sicilian cannoli recipe

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Along with cassata, cannoli are the most famous Sicilian sweet treat. The name 'cannolo' was taken from the river reeds used to shape the shells in the past. In Sicily, a feast or simple Sunday lunch always ends with a tray of cannoli in the middle of the table.

The classic cannoli filling is ricotta and candied fruits, but today you can find cannoli filled with chocolate, orange, pistachios, cream and a range of other ingredients. This is my favourite cannoli recipe; the shells are crunchy, the ricotta cream is simple and not too sweet and the cannoli’s size is small – the perfect treat for the end of the meal or for a festive coffee break.

Ingredients

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  • Cannoli shells

  • 150g of plain flour
  • 15g of sugar
  • 25g of suet
  • 1 tbsp of white vinegar
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • 1l sunflower oil
  • Cannoli filling

  • 500g of ricotta
  • 3 tbsp of icing sugar, sifted
  • 40g of dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp of Amaretto, or rum or white marsala
  • To garnish

  • icing sugar
  • pistachio nuts, finely ground
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1
Begin by making the cannoli shells. In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients with a tablespoon of cold water. Knead vigorously until you will have an elastic and smooth dough. Wrap in a cling film, then leave to rest for 1 hour
2
In a large, heavy-based pan or deep-fryer, preheat the sunflower oil to 180°C
3
Roll the dough thinly to about 1/2cm thickness. Cut into rounds with a 8.5cm cutter and wrap around a metal cannoli tube. Fry the shells until light brown, carefully turning them with metal tongs to ensure even cooking. Drain on kitchen paper
4
For the filling, mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until creamy and smooth. Transfer the filling into a piping bag and place in the fridge
5
When ready to serve, pipe the cannoli shells with the cream, then garnish with the pistachios and icing sugar
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