I was thrown a little by the theme for this month’s ‘We should Cocoa’, (the blogger challenge run by Choclette at Chocolate Log Blog and Chele at Chocolate Teapot) it’s Chocolate and Cheese! I’ve been mulling this over since it was announced, trying to think what I could make. Then I remembered the ricotta and chocolate filled cannoli that my SIL used to bring to us from a Sicilian Bakery in Edinburgh.
I did a bit of research online, but decided that, rather than making the biscuit shells, I would use filo pastry. I bought the pastry and then it occurred to me that I had no idea what I would use to create the tubes…but you will see that I did manage to come up with something.
Chocolate Dipped Cannoli
So here is my solution for making the cannoli tubes, rolled up aluminium foil! Roll the circle round the foil with the butter side out and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes until the tubes are golden brown. Leave to cool then carefully remove the foil.
Mix the ricotta, 25g of the chocolate, the Amaretto and the sugar. Fill a disposable piping bag without a nozzle and snip off the end. Fill from both ends with the cheese mixture.
Melt the rest of chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water and dip the end of the cannoli into the melted chocolate. Place onto a plate covered with baking paper and place in the fridge for about an hour until the chocolate and filling are set. Dust with icing sugar.
I was really pleased with the way the Cannoli turned out, they were totally delicious, the crunch of the filo and the soft sweetness of the ricotta mixture with a hit of dark chocolate. These ones were a little on the big size, so I may try and make some smaller ones in future.