Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Cannoli Dip

An easy way to get your Cannoli fix! 

Photo from Pinterest

Here's a little history on this popular Italian pastry.  Cannoli is a Sicilian pastry dessert that originated in the Palermo region where cannoli were prepared during Carnevale season as a symbol of fertility.  The pastry eventually became a year round dessert throughout Italy, although in Italy they are commonly known as cannoli siciliani. 
A traditional cannolu - photo from Wikipedia

Cannoli are sometimes called cannolis which is not the correct term.  Cannoli is the proper plural and cannolo is the singular (cannolu in Sicilian means little tube).

Thought you'd might enjoy the history of cannoli and a little Italian "grammar" lesson!  But, let's face it, whatever you call them...cannoli or cannolo...they are one of the most delicious pastries in the world and my personal favorite!

That's why I love to make anything that has the cannoli filling in here's my latest find!   I'll be making this for my granddaughter's baby shower, I know she'll love it! 


2 cups ricotta cheese
8 ounces Mascarpone (cream cheese can be substituted for this)

1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Photo from Pinterest

Beat ricotta cheese and mascarpone together in a bowl until smooth; add sugar and vanilla. Continue to stir mixture until sugar is completely incorporated. 

Fold in chocolate chips throughout the cheese mixture; save a few to sprinkle on top.

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, at least 10 minutes.

Serve with broken pizzelles, sugar cones, vanilla wafers, graham crackers.  Some stores sell Cannoli Chips, but I haven't seen them in my grocery store.   I'm going to have to ask around!

That's it!  The taste of cannoli in an easy-to-make dip...I love this!

"And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away."   - 1 Peter 5:4

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