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Sicilian cannoli

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Sicilian cannoli

Another famous Sicilian dessert, a crunchy shell filled with fresh sheep ricotta cream!

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Sicilian cannoli

Sicilian cannoli

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rest: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes



  • 250 g pastry flour
  • 30 g sugar
  • 30 g lard
  • 1 small egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 50 ml Marsala wine
  • 10 ml vinegar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 g cinnamon powder
  • 1 liter peanut oil, for deep fry cannoli


  • 800 g sheep ricotta
  • 320 g confectionary sugar
  • 50 g dark chocolate chips

For decorating

  • Candied Orange Peel, and/or
  • candied cherries, and/or
  • chopped pistachios
  • confectionary sugar,  to sprinkle over the cannoli


  1. Mix all the ingredients for the dough, and put in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  2. Divide the dough in 2-3 parts depending on the rolling pin dimensions, roll the dough to 1.5 mm thickness, cut the dough in circles, using the cutter, roll circles over the tube, where the dough is overlaying, you have to wet the surface of the dough using some water and press the two surfaces to let them stick firmly, if you don’t do this step correctly, then when you deep fry them, they will open!
  3. Heat a pot with sufficient peanut oil to deep fry cannoli to 170°C, trying to maintain always the same temperature during the process, deep fry 2-3 cannoli at a time paying attention to move and flip them frequently to cook them evenly, 2-3 minutes should be sufficient, you will see when they are browning, it’s time to take them out and put on a paper to absorb the oil in excess, let them cool for 5 minutes and then remove them from the tubes.
  4. For the cream, ricotta should be passed through a sieve and then mixed with confectionery sugar, it takes a lot of time, I use a whisk to mix the two ingredients, and there’s no big difference.
  5. Add the chocolate chips to the cream and mix them carefully.
  6. Fill the cannoli with the cream when you eat them, decorate them with candies or pistachios, and sprinkle with confectionery sugar.

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