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Traditional Style Sicilian Cannoli

Cannoli is one of the best known Italian desserts, but next time you are in the mood for this sweet Italian treat, rather than heading to the bakery why not try making your own? We are using Limoncello, orange, chocolate chips and more here, and you will find these flavors go together very nicely. Feel free to swap the Limoncello for a different lemon liqueur if you like, or even orange liqueur if you prefer. If you do not want to use alcohol, then substitute for some orange juice.

If you compare Americanized cannoli with the authentic Italian kind, you will find the American ones are often too big and too stuffed with filling. The Italian ones are smaller and dainty. They can be eaten in 2 bites. You can use sheep’s milk ricotta for the most traditional result, or cow’s milk ricotta if you prefer, but it is vital to drain it for an hour before using, else the filling will be too watery. It is best to fill the shells just before serving the cannoli, for optimal freshness and so they do not go soggy.

You can use a one-gallon freezer bag instead of a piping bag if you like. Just snip off the end. You will also need some cannoli tubes to shape the shells. You can order those online or buy them in a baking store. You will need a 4-inch cookie cutter too. Once you have all your ingredients and equipment you can get started making these wonderful authentic cannoli. Enjoy them with a cup of coffee or another kind of drink. One makes a delicious snack but perhaps you will not be able to resist the second! Continue reading

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