I want to start by saying Thank You for all of the congratulations on my engagement. I’m so excited and seeing all of your comments definitely made my day!  Since you were all so sweet – I’ve got a sweet recipe for you!

This dessert was part of my Luxury Dinner Party and it was just the sweet ending I was after – something delicious, not too heavy and simple to throw together. I got a few requests for the recipe so I thought I would share it with you all, but I won’t tell your guests how easy it is. Promise.

My first experience with cannoli was in Boston, at the famous Mike’s Pastry in the North End, and it has forever changed me.  The crunchy shell and smooth, creamy filling are like the lovechild of a cheesecake and a cheese course. In other words, the best kind of dessert out there in my opinion. You can keep your chocolate, just let me have the cheese!

I chose to forgo the cannoli shells as I didn’t have time, nor do I have the equipment to make them (maybe someday) and I’m not aware of any local Italian Bakery’s where I could buy them. Locals – am I missing some great Italian bakery? And in my non-Italian opinion, the filling is the best part anyways.

Cannoli Cream - 6-8 servings

  • 16 oz ricotta cheese
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Fresh Berries

Whisk all ingredients together until smooth.

Let chill. I put the cheese mixture in a plastic bag, cut the corner and piped over berries.

Oh and if you’ve got any leftover? It makes an excellent addition to morning coffee. A little naughty, I know. 1 Tbsp cannoli cream + 2-3 Tbsp milk, mixed until smooth with hand-held frother + coffee = extra delicious coffee.

14 Comments (Reply )

  1. kristin @ delishliving
    Oct 15, 2010 @ 11:42 am

    first of all, congrats on your engagement!!! woooo hooooooooo! so exciting. secondly, i love the extra delicious coffee tip!!! mmmm, coffee. and third, i have never tried cannoli cream, but i’m pretty sure i should :) have a wonderful weekend!


  2. Crystal
    Oct 15, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

    I know these aren’t super fancy, but I’ve seen cannoli shells at Byerly’s and used them before.


  3. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Oct 15, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

    Mike’s Pastry is the best! I took my boyfriend there on his first trip to Boston (I went to college in Boston) and he was convinced- best cannoli! And I agree, the filling is the best part. Chocolate flavored cannoli are also good…no need to choose! :)


  4. jen cheung
    Oct 15, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

    yummmmmmms this looks so good and healthy with the berries :) would love to have a bowl of the berries right now!!!

    have a lovely weekend!
    jen @ http://www.passion4food.ca


  5. kate
    Oct 16, 2010 @ 7:32 am

    i love the first pic of the mountain of cream. yum!

    let me know what you think of the chops. we got a new spiced pommegrante mix in yesterday. i am not a pom fan, but it was a really good combo of flavors.


  6. Bill Roehl
    Oct 16, 2010 @ 8:10 am

    I have yet to find decent canoli cream in MN. Thanks for helping me solve that problem.


  7. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Oct 16, 2010 @ 9:00 am

    Congrats on the engagement! I love your ring! And this looks awesome. I’m on a ricotta cheese kick, so I might have to try it!


  8. newlywed
    Oct 16, 2010 @ 9:10 am

    Now I have such a craving for canolli. I agree with you — the filling is the best part.


  9. Kristy
    Oct 16, 2010 @ 8:07 pm

    Congrats on your engagement!!! Such an exciting time in your life!! That canolli cream looks delish!! My first canolli was at Mike’s Pastry too, thank god I don’t live in the city! lol :)


  10. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

    Living just a few blocks from Mike’s you’d think I might get tired of cannoli – but nope! Never! I love that you just go for the cream here – I’ve always thought rich cannoli should be served with bright, fresh fruit, so this is perfect!

    And congrats on your engagement!


  11. kate
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

    Late congrats on your engagement!


  12. Sarah Manny
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

    Congratulations on your engagement! I actually got married in May and it’s the BEST!!! I love EVERYTHING about being married!!:) Thank you for sharing this recipe with me, I can’t wait to try it and I will be sure to share my experience and what I think of it! I know I will like it a long with your popcorn with truffle oil. My mouth just waters thinking about it!:) Happy Thanksgiving week!!!


    • Emily
      Nov 23, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

      Thank you Sarah, I’m really excited to get married!! I hope you enjoy the recipe and Thanksgiving!


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