Homemade Cannoli Filling
Cannolis have and always will be one of my favorite desserts. I am excited to share my cannoli filling recipe with you today.
Like many family recipes, there are variations that taste delicious in their own way. I have made it a goal to eat a cannoli in any place I am, that serves them. This has included places spanning all over the world, including Rome and many states across the US. Even two bakeries a mile apart can make two very different cannolis. So depending on your taste preferences, you may alter any cannoli recipe to match your taste. Next month, I will be sharing on my blog the details of making homemade ricotta and cannoli shells. For this post, I will be using pre-made cannoli shells and focusing on the cannoli filling only. You can find pre-made cannoli shells at whole food or specialty food stores near you.
Cannoli Filling Recipe
2 cups of whole milk Ricotta (drain with a strainer if it has excess liquid.) 3/4 cups powdered sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (can also use mini chocolate chips.) 1/2 cup heavy cream optional ingredients you can also add: 1 tbs lemon zest 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Drain your ricotta, if necessary, and place it in a medium sized bowl. Using a whisk, stir until a majority of the clumps have become smooth. Sift in the powdered sugar and continue to make smooth.
In a mixer, beat your heavy cream until it begins to become stiff and form peaks. Using a spatula, gently fold this cream into your mixture. As well as the vanilla, chocolate chips, and any other optional ingredients you want to try. Set this mixture in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes prior to filling your cannoli shells.
*TIP: do not fill your cannoli shells until right before serving. The crunch of the shell is most desirable. As time progresses, the cannoli filling softens the shell. Fill your cannolis by using a pastry bag OR by cutting the tip off of a sandwich/storage bag. Fill one end of the cannoli shell until the filling comes to the edge. Repeat with the other end of the shell.
You may adorn the ends with other toppings including: shredded chocolate, chocolate chips, chopped pistachios, or whatever you can think of!