Almost everyone has either heard about cannolis or tried them for themselves. I am not a huge fan of cannolis, but since I am staying at my sister’s house this weekend and they are her favorite dessert, I thought I would give them a try.
Cannolis have a very interesting history. They originated in Palermo and the surrounding areas. They date back to the time when Sicily was under Arab control and the natives wanted to make a dessert that would stand out. These traditional desserts would be prepared once a year at the Carnevale, the festival that occurs before lent. It is thought to have been a fertility symbol at that time.
Now cannolis are found in the United States, Italy, etc. and are enjoyed all year round!
I made these cannolis at my sister’s house as you can tell from the different background and setting of the photos. I always love getting back together with close family after a long time, it reminds me of how the disciples must have felt when Christ returned to them after his resurrection. He told them that he would die and rise again, but they did not completely believe and therefore, didn’t think they would ever see him again. When I say goodbye to my family to go back to school, I don’t usually think about the fact that they may not be there when I get back, but it is something that could happen. I am so thankful for the hope and joy in Christ that I will have if I do face that situation because I know that I will see them again someday.
I combined 3 cups of flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 tsp of cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp of salt in a bowl. I then cut it 3 tablespoons of shortening until the flour mixture looks like it is in the shape of little peas. I then mixed in two eggs, 2 Tbsp of white vinegar, and 2 Tbsp of cold water.
After mixing and kneading this together for five minutes, I put the dough into the fridge to chill for thirty minutes.
As my dough cooled in the fridge, I worked on the filling. I mixed together 2 cups of ricotta cheese, 3/4 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp of lemon zest, and 1/2 cup of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips. I then mixed a cup of whipped heavy whipping cream into the mixture to give it a lighter feel and texture.
After the dough had set for half an hour, I heated 1 quart of vegetable on the stove at 360 degrees. I rolled out my dough until it was as thin as I could get it and I then cut it into circles around 3 to 4 inches in diameter.
Now here comes the intimidating part! I have never fried anything before, so this was all new for me. I wrapped this circular piece of dough around a cannoli tube and moistened the edges that overlapped with egg white and then dropped it in the oil. They took about a minute to brown for me and I moved them around the pan to be sure that they browned on all edges. Don’t worry if you have a hard time getting them to seal because I had a few shells that came unattached and looked more like fried pancakes!
Good luck making cannolis! The end product is definitely worth your time!