Loved by many, Cannoli is a traditional Italian dessert.
Like many desserts have been around for a while, there are mixed views on its origins. For some, it originated in the Sicilian city of Palermo, with the filling created by the Saracens, an ancient Arabic peoples, when they brought sugar cane to region. Other food history bloggers think it was created in the city of Caltanissetta between 827 and 1091.
At heart Cannoli are fried crispy pastry rolled into a tube so they can have a creamy ricotta filling - and then other flavours and nuts are added. Like many traditional desserts, there are a lot of recipes - so we have done the hard research for you and complied a list of primo Cannoli recipes for you to try.
This ‘authentic’ Italian Cannoli Recipe comes from a blogger with a different view on its history - however they share some practical tips on how to eat it & store it (like you will have left overs). We loved the freshness of their pic with pistachios at one end contrasting with the ricotta filling. If you fancy making your own ricotta, then use this Classic Sicilian Cannoli Recipe.
You would be disappointed if we didn’t add a chocolate version. Try making some Coffee Cocoa Cannoli, that have the Cocoa in the pastry & the Coffee in the filling so the flavour is not overwhelming sweet. Or if you want to really layer it up, try this Chocolate Dipped Mocha Cannoli Recipe.
If you fancy trying something a bit different, why not try this Pumpkin Cannoli Recipe. For the vegans out there, try this recipe from food blogger Pies and Taco or get a Gluten Free recipe from food blogger Let Them Eat Gluten Free Cake (you can turn off the ads on these blogger sites).
You will have worked out by now you can mix and match your filling flavour with nuts, dried fruits or chocolate chips. If you like it sweet but want a fresh flavour overall we suggest serving your Cannoli with fresh fruit on the side. Enjoy