Monday, 18 February 2008

strawberry & almond cannoli

This is a great little dessert and is fairly easy to prepare if you can find pre-made cannoli shells at your grocery store.

I recently served these as part of a trio of strawberry desserts which included a shot glass of finely chopped macerated strawberries and an alcoholic strawberry spider.

They’re great little dessert canapés and would easily suit a picnic, buffet or large family meal.

But best of all they taste good.

Strawberry & Almond Cannoli
Anna’s very own recipe. Makes 16.
450g ricotta
100g mascarpone
250g strawberries, halved
½ cup icing sugar
½ teaspoon orange rind
1 tablespoon orange juice
¼ cup flaked almonds, toasted and chopped
50g white chocolate, grated
16 cannoli shells
1. Separate one fourth of the strawberries and cut them into small pieces. Reserve.
2. Heat the remaining strawberries, sugar and orange rind with orange juice until the sugar melts and strawberries soften. Cook until syrup thickens a little.
3. Put the cooked strawberries into a blender and puree.
4. Strain strawberries with a fine sieve to remove excess liquid.
4. In a bowl, beat together the ricotta and mascarpone.
5. Fold in strawberry purée. Taste mixture. If needed add some sifted icing sugar or strawberry juice to sweeten. Be careful not to make the mixture too runny.
6. When you have reached the desired flavour, carefully fold through the strawberry pieces, grated chocolate and flaked almonds.
7. Put mixture in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
8. Spoon ricotta filling into a fluted piping bag and pipe into cannoli shells. Dust with icing sugar and serve immediately.
Note: You can turn the leftover strawberry juice into syrup by cooking it a little longer. Pour over ice cream or use as a cordial.



  1. I'm so glad that you did not use any food colouring in this. It's enough that you used strawberries in this great Italian treat.

  2. You make this recipe sound so easy. I got to shop for those shells. Thanks for sharing.

  3. That looks good and sounds great!

  4. [ alcoholic strawberry spider]??

    Needless to say, I rubbed the sleep out of my eyes to be sure that I had read correctly. I am looking forward to this!

  5. My son made your filling and it was great. He has always wanted to try cannoli.He made the Cannoli as well, which is a bit of a pain, but worth the effort..thanks for the recipe

  6. Anna ... Your Strawberry & Almond Cannolis look to die for ...the recipe is so clear..and your pictures great...thanks


  7. I can't wait to try this recipe. We sell the traditional ricotta cannoli cream, but we also have pre-packaged shells, by the dozen and bulk, if someone wants to just buy the shells and make their own cream.

    Our shells are hand-rolled and quick fried for an authentic Italian treat!

    "Delivering a little taste of Sicily to your front door!"

  8. I am a strawberries lover, so I really enjoyed this reading, the strawberries taste is so delicious! Thanks for this!


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