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.