As you all know already, my dad is Sicilian and I love everything about being Italian, especially the food and fashion. As a kid I always loved visiting my dad's side of the family in London and Palermo because I would associate it with the delicious foods we would eat. Even arriving jet lagged at my auntie's house was exciting because she would have the biggest Italian lunch ready for us with as many as 20 relatives gathered around the table. We would eat way too many courses but always find time for dessert, like cannolis. The best cannolis come from Sicily, however, you can sometimes get a good one in a real Italian deli, like in Toronto or New York City. When I went into the Italian deli and shop in downtown Victoria a few years ago I found these mini cannoli shells for sale and bought them for my dad. We made them when a cousin from London came to visit and I had been wanting to recreate them ever since. This past weekend my parents came up to visit us in Ucluelet with all the ingredients so my dad and I whipped up some pretty delicious cannolis if I do say so myself. They are really easy to make and so delicious, definitely give them a try next time you want to make something different for dessert.
- Half a tub of ricotta cheese (about 300-400 grams)
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1-2 shots of grand marnier (or vanilla if you prefer)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (the mini ones are even better)
- 1/2 cup crushed pistachios
- 1 package of cannoli shells
Mix the ricotta, sugar and grand marnier together. Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon into a piping bag like you would with icing. Crush the pistachios and have them ready to dip either end of the cannoli in. Pipe the mixture into the cannoli shell until it just about comes out either end. Dip the ends in the pistachios and continue until all the shells are filled. Enjoy with an espresso or a shot of grand marnier like my dad and Dave did!