11/27/09

Daring Bakers: Cannoli

The November 2009 Daring Bakers Challenge was chosen and hosted by Lisa Michele of Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives. She chose the Italian Pastry, Cannolo (Cannoli is plural), using the cookbooks Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and The Sopranos Family Cookbook by Allen Rucker; recipes by Michelle Scicolone, as ingredient/direction guides. She added her own modifications/changes, so the recipe is not 100% verbatim from either book.

Somehow September, October and November are flying by before my eyes. How is it that the Fall is almost over and the Winter is almost here? Maybe it's all the Christmas decorations in the Mall that are messing up with my perception of time?

The point is, I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed with everything going on (cooking, blogging, trying to keep my apartment clean, dancing, freelancing for Robyn, etc) and was considering skipping this month's challenge.

Then I found out that my friend Jenny was going to be in DC. When I told Jenny about the cannoli challenge, she said it sounded like fun and "pressured" me to make them! So I did.

If you want a recipe, let me know.

The dough came together really easy, and I used my pasta machine to roll it out. I also decided to buy the cannoli molds (metal tubes), instead of making my own.

The hardest part of the challenge was removing fried cannoli from the forms. A few of them broke in the process.

For the filling, instead of using ricotta, I made home-made whipped cream and spiked it with a bit of rum, orange zest and confectionery sugar. The final result was tasty without being overwhelmingly sweet.



I made only 1/2 of the cannoli recipe and ended up frying 5 cannoli. The rest of the dough is sitting in my refrigerator and will most likely go unused. This wasn't a terribly complicated challenge, but it's also not something I'm planning on making again.

My original thought of adding some chocolate sauce to the shells and covering them with chopped almonds stayed just that: a thought.

Question: other than making more cannoli, is there anything else I can do with the metal cannoli tubes?

20 comments:

Lea Ann said...

I've been seeing all those canoli's out there. All I can say is that you're all very fearless! Beautiful, they look so delicious.

Heavenly Housewife said...

Beautiful job. I think its so great u do the daring bakers thing. I have thought of joining it, but i am really intimidated by the stuff u guys do.

Chow and Chatter said...

great canoli's hope things slow a little for you

Elra said...

Well done on this month challenge Olga, you made them beautifully.

p.s
hope your thanksgiving was wonderful.

Sophie said...

MMMM,....Your filling sounds so good to me!! Your cannoli shells look lovely too!

You did a great job! Love the flower too!

Natalie said...

They look lovely and delicious. :)

Esi said...

You did a nice job. Frying is not something I normally do, but all in the spirit of the challenge, right? Hope you're having too much fun in Puerto Rico!!

Megan said...

I know what it's like to feel so overwhelmed. I've been going with just Sundays off since the end of July. It's tough working 6 days a week and then still trying to fit everything else in. It doesn't sound like you were too excited about this challenge, but I think your cannoli are beautiful!

Would the tubes be useful for shaping fresh pasta for manicotti maybe?

Sasha said...

Oh yum! The shells look so crispy. Good job : )

♥peachkins♥ said...

these looks delicious!

Lauren said...

Sorry they weren't you favourite - I think they look fabulous!

Junglefrog said...

I so know what you mean with time getting away... I wanted to do the challenge but completely ran out of time and I hate that... I hardly have time to do any cooking lately... Bah... hope that december will be a little better although unlikely..:) I just have to do the next daring bakers!!

anjelikuh said...

you did a wonderful job despite only frying 5 cannolis!

LittleRed said...

They look beautiful...and fabulous photography as always! I found them a little time consuming using the molds....but they do make for a nice presentation. I thought a mocha filling like a tiramisu might be nice but opted for something quicker as I am feeling a bit pressed for time too!

andaoana said...

The cannoli look really good and the photos are just great.

Jenny Tan said...

They look awesome! I'm with you on how can it be fall...and NOW, Christmas is only 25 days away!!! Gees!

Other usage on the tubes -- shaping lace cookies, shaping one those Parmesan thingy?? :)

Sheltie Girl said...

You did a great job on your cannoli. Very pretty and great blisters.

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

Lisa said...

I cannot belive I missed your cannoli entry. They look textbook perfect. Even though you won't be maing them again, you sure kicked so major cannoli butt, so it's a shame! That said..you could use the cannoli forms to deepr fry or bake other doughs, or use the inside (oiled or with plastic wrap) to mold pate's, thick dips etc..into perfect tubes which can then be sliced into coins if need be. Cookie dough too! Perfectly uniform small slice and bake cookies. Then again, if you really hate someone, you could jab 'em in the eye with one or two..lol Just throwing some ideas out there :) Thanks for deep frying with me!

Cindy said...

Did one of your flowers break off? I can't believe you would have cut one just for the picture!

Oh, yeah and the cannolis look good.

BlueToYou said...

oh man, my favorite desert!! i'm SO jealous i wasn't there to eat these!!
for the metal tubes, maybe you can make custard with them and let them set?