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Neapolitan Cannoli Recipe with Fluffy Ricotta

Updated on April 23, 2013


  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons firm butter, cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 2 inches deep frying oil, in a fry cooker
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • ¾ cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 cup milk chocolate, chopped
  • 24 candied cherries, halved
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ cup candied citron & candied orange peel, finely chopped
  • 1 cup whipped cream, stiff
  • ¼ cup ground pistachios

To make your own aluminum cannoli tubes, buy tubing used for hanging shower curtain in the bathroom and cut pipe into 4" sections, and smooth out the rough edges.

Mix flour, salt & sugar and then make a well in the center and break egg into well and add butter. Stirring with a fork, work from center out to moisten flour mix. Add wine 1 tablespoon at a time until dough clings. form dough into ball, cover and stand 15 minutes.

Roll out dough to 1/16" thin and cut out into 3 ½" circles and roll cutouts into ovals. Wrap oval onto aluminum cannoli tubes, sealing edges with egg white. Flare out edges of dough ends so can remove from tube after frying.

Heat frying oil to 350º, fry up to three dough-wrapped tubes at a time until lightly browned. Remove with tongs the hot cannoli tubes from the shells before cooling and draining cannoli shells. The aluminum cannoli tube will be very hot and must be very careful not to burn hands.

The unfilled shells & stuffing can be made before hand up to three days prior to filling. Do not fill shells to store because the filled shells will become soft overnight. Fill shells when plan to be eaten that very same day,

Fluffy Ricotta Filling

  1. In a blender, food processor or strainer, rice/blend 2 cups ricotta cheese until smooth.
  2. Beat ¾ cups powdered sugar
  3. Add 2 teaspoons vanilla
  4. Mix in candied citron and candied orange peel
  5. Fold whipped creamed into ricotta mixture

Stuffing and shells can be made up to 3 days prior. Do not stuff the shells until plan to eat that very same day. Carefully stuff shells by hand with a spoon, dip ends into the ground pistachios and garnish ends with candied cherries. Sift powdered sugar over shells. Makes about 24 pastries, 2 pastries per serving.

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  • Nell Rose profile image

    Nell Rose 3 weeks ago from England

    Totally different and looks completely yummy!

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    GlenR 7 months ago from UK

    The cannoli look delicious but I haven't used a deep fat fried for more than thirty years. May have to wait for my next trip to Italy to sample them.

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    ptosis 5 years ago from Arizona

    Calories don't count at Christmas! Even my little dog gained weight!

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    Aga 5 years ago

    You are so right: mmmmm!

  • ptosis profile image

    ptosis 5 years ago from Arizona

    Thanks both of you - I didn't make it - Tim's mom Georgeann did - wow! I never saw anybody cook like this! MMMMMMMMMMMMM

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I do love cannolis. Great recipe; thank you and Happy New Year!

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    Aga 5 years ago

    I voted 5 stars, and useful! This looks just way too good! Cannolis are my weakness!