The word cannolo means "little tube" in Italian.
Cannolis are little fried pastry tubes filled with ricotta. Some people use mascarpone, but the traditional Sicilian cannoli recipe that originated in Palermo calls for ricotta cheese.
You can add candied orange peel, chopped pistachios, marsala wine and/or chocolate chips. Personally, I like all of the above in my cannolis!
This is my sister's recipe. She made a bunch and served them for Christmas.
They are made to order! Pipe the filling in right before serving.
They are so simple to make, especially if you are buying the pre made cannoli shells at the Italian bakery. (I have been told that Costco sells the pre made shells too).
Eden's Cannoli Recipe:
makes approx. 30 small cannolis
2 lbs. (32oz) ricotta cheese
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
2 tbsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup MINI chocolate chips
1/2 cup of candied orange peel
30 small cannoli shells
chopped pistachios for garnish (optional)
confectioners sugar for dusting the shells
Mix your ricotta with rest of ingredients. Beat until smooth.
Pipe ricotta mixture into shells. If you don't have a pastry bag, then put your filling in a ziploc freezer bag and twist the bag tight. Cut a hole at one corner of the plastic bag to create a piping bag. I always do it this way, so I don't have to wash my pastry bags!!!
Sprinkle powdered sugar over the shells, and garnish with chopped pistachio meats if you like!