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My Hub on How to Make Easy Canoli the Italian Way-Making Cannolis with a Nursing Home Resident

Updated on October 19, 2012


I had never had a real Italian Cannoli untill a few days ago. At the nursing home where I work, one of the residents made Cannolis for many years, when she worked at a local restaurant in Olean, NY. I went into work especially to help her make Cannolis as she is in her 80's and needed some help and I had never made or tried one before. A Cannoli is a pastry desert which originated in Sicily and I was suprised to know many of the other patients did not know what a Connoli was. Making a Cannoli is an easy process.


Ingredients for cannolis

25 already made cannoli shells (I found these at the local Tops store which save alot of time and also taste homemade.


1 lb of Ricotta Cheese - The resident insisted the ricotta needed to be drained overnight so all of the liquid is out. You can do this by placing the Ricotta in a strainer and then place the strainer in a bowl. Place them in the fridge overnight to drain. We did not have the time to do this step as we were pressed for time although the recipe was still good.

1 cup of Powdered Sugar

1 Jigger of Rum or Rum Extract *

1ts of Vanella

1ts of Almond extract

1 pint of heavy whipping cream

1 package of miniture Chocolate Chips

* A Jigger is used to measure alcohol, (I did not know this) which is one shots worth of the alcohol. (We used the extract), which the resident insisted the real rum is better,

Place the heavy whipping cream in a bowl and mix with a mixer untill it is the consistency of whipped cream. Slowly fold in your Ricotta chesse,whipping cream, powdered Sugar, Rum, Almont extract and Vanella. Be careful as to not mix to much. Pour in half the bag of miniture chocolate chips placing the rest in a bowl. Stuff your shells with the mixture you have made. I used a little spoon. Dip each end of your connolis in your minuture chocolate chips and sprinkle powdered sugar on the top. You can also dip your cannolis in nuts or candies.


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      ElleBee 5 years ago

      I loveeeee cannolis. When I tried to make them myself they didn't come out so well, I'll have to try this recipe.

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      gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Great! I must try this. Love ricotta!

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      kmackey32 6 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      No they dont need cooking or baking because you buy the crust already made....

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      Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania

      Oh yum sounds delicious ,there goes my diet!

      Hey K ,do the Cannolis need cooking or baking ? just wondered.

      Have to try this ,bookmarked ,thankyou.

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      kmackey32 6 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      That comment made me change the title. Thanks RTalloni..

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      kmackey32 6 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Yep, I learn so much...

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      How about this! An easy, but elegant recipe with clear instructions, yet the best part about it is that it came from your nursing home resident. A good reminder that we need to learn from our elderly family and friends while we can!

      Voted up and bookmarked.