A traditional Italian dessert, Cannoli are fried pastry shells filled with a sweet, ricotta-based filling. They can be served plain, or with chocolate chips, candied fruit, or nuts.


-1kg ricotta cheese
-500g sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-250g dark chocolate, chopped
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-30g flour
-1 egg
-vegetable oil, for frying
-10 sheets of filo pastry
-icing sugar, for dusting


1. In a large bowl, mix together the ricotta, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth.

2. In a separate bowl, mix together the chocolate, cinnamon, and flour.

3. Add the chocolate mixture to the ricotta mixture and stir until well combined.

4. In a small bowl, whisk the egg and add it to the ricotta mixture.

5. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.

6. Cut the filo pastry into 10cm squares.

7. Place a square of pastry into the oil and fry for a few seconds until golden brown.

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

9. Repeat with the remaining pastry squares.

10. To assemble the cannoli, spoon the ricotta mixture into the pastry shells.

11. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

Potential changes & improvements

-For a lighter Cannoli, you could use ricotta light cheese.
-If you want a more decadent dessert, use a chocolate-flavoured ricotta cheese.
-Add a pinch of salt to the ricotta mixture to balance out the sweetness.

What other food it works well with

-Cannoli are traditionally served with coffee.
-They can also be served with a glass of dessert wine or liqueur.

Common Mistakes

-Not draining the ricotta cheese properly will result in a wet filling.
-Overfilling the pastry shell will make the Cannoli difficult to eat.

Nutritional Information

-Each Cannoli contains approximately 500 calories.
-They are high in fat and sugar, and should be consumed in moderation.



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