Cannoli are a traditional Italian pastry which are typically made with a fried dough shell and a sweet filling. They can be made in various different ways, but the most common filling is a ricotta cheese mixture.


-250g of ricotta cheese
-100g of sugar
-1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
-50g of chocolate chips
-10g of chopped candied fruit
-1 egg
-30g of flour
-1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
-vegetable oil, for frying
-icing sugar, for dusting


1. In a large bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, chocolate chips, candied fruit and egg.

2. Sift in the flour and baking powder, and mix until everything is well combined.

3. Place the mixture in a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle.

4. Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan.

5. Pipe the mixture into the hot oil, using a spiral motion.

6. Fry the cannoli for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.

7. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels.

8. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

Potential changes & improvements

-You could use a different type of cheese in the filling, such as mascarpone or cream cheese.
-If you don’t have a piping bag, you can simply spoon the mixture into the hot oil.
-The filling can be varied to suit your taste. Other popular additions include cinnamon, citrus zest or liqueurs.

What other food it works well with

Cannoli are typically served as a dessert, but they can also be enjoyed as a snack or with a cup of coffee.

Common Mistakes

-One common mistake is to not pipe the mixture into the oil in a spiral motion. This will result in the cannoli being uneven and not cooked evenly.
-Another mistake is to not fry the cannoli for long enough. They should be golden brown all over before being removed from the oil.

Nutritional Information

-Each cannoli contains approximately 200 calories.


-The ingredients in this recipe may contain allergens such as milk, eggs, wheat and nuts.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *