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Cannoli
Sicily
Preparation - Medium
Makes 8 cannoli

Once you have metal cannoli tubes, which are available in most kitchenware stores, these pastries are amazingly simple to prepare.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 cup all-puropose flour
  • 1/2 tsp suger
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1 - 2 TBSP red or white wine, Marsala, or Malvasia
  • 1 egg white, beaten with 1 tso water
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 TBSP miniature chocolate chips
  • 2 TBSP chopped candied fruit, such as oranges or cherries
OO 8 cannoli tubes, mixing bowl and spatula, deep frying.

METHOD:

RICOTTA CREAM FOR STUFFING

  1. TO make the shells, mix together the flour, sugar, and cocoa powder.
  2. CUT in the butter until crumbly. Add just enough wine for the dough to come together. Press into a ball, cover with plastic wrap or wax paper, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. DIVIDE the dough in half. Return one half to the refrigerator, and roll out the other into a 16 x 5-inch strip about 1/8 inch thick. Cut out 4 large 5 x 3 1/2-inch ovals. Place a cannoli tube lengthwise on each one and bring up the sides to overlap slightly on top; brush with egg wash to seal.
  4. POUR 3 to 4 inches oil in a deep-fryer or saucepan and heat to 365 F. or until a bit of pastry dropped into the oil sizzles immediately. Fry the cannoli a few at a time, without crowding the pot, turning with tongs, until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Remove the tubes while still warm.
  5. FORM the remaining cannoli, reheat the oil, fry, and drain on paper towels. The shells can be stored in an airtight container for 1 week.
  6. SHORTLY before serving, mix the chocolate chips and candied fruit into the Ricotta Cream. Use a pastry bag fitted with a large plain tip or a small spoon to fill each shell.

From:
THE FLAVORS OF SICILY
Anna Tasca Lanza
Potter

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