Daring Baker’s Challenge November: Sure Can - noli

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Holy Cannoli


Christmas is only 28 days away!

Sorry for the irreverent intro, and yes, that is supposed to look like Batman. I’ve already had the following conversation:

MC Senior: What is that?
Shaz: That’s Batman. Does he look like Batman?
MC Senior: Um, I don’t want to offend you or anything but….NO.

Maybe if you squint your eyes a little, you know like those magic 3D images?

Anyways, let me just say that:
The November 2009 Daring Bakers Challenge was chosen and hosted by Lisa Michele of Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives. She chose the Italian Pastry, Cannolo (Cannoli is plural), using the cookbooks Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and The Sopranos Family Cookbook by Allen Rucker; recipes by Michelle Scicolone, as ingredient/direction guides. She added her own modifications/changes, so the recipe is not 100% verbatim from either book.

And what a recipe!. I can honestly say I did not have a single issue with this month’s challenge. Except the issue of finding time to actually do it. But the dough was actually pretty quickly knocked together (I made half the quantity by hand) and the deep frying part was ultra quick too.

I omitted the cocoa powder called for in the recipe because I felt like it, and I forgot to add the sugar, but these steps didn’t seem to affect the results at all. The recipe also asked for marsala wine, or failing that, grape juice, but I still had bottles of pomegranate juice in the fridge (a gift from POM wonderful) so used that instead.

 Purple dough!

Having the right equipment helped enormously though. The pasta machine and I were reacquainted and worked together to roll out the dough very thinly. The trusty wok was the perfect deep –frying vessel.

Italian pastry cooked in Chinese implement by ex-Malaysian in Australia. How multicultural is that?

What I did lack were cannoli forms (moulds for making cannoli). Alternatives suggested in the Daring forums included clean broom or wooden spoon handles or cream horn moulds. Then Eve.eire put up photos of how she made cannoli forms out of disposable foil baking dishes. Aha! With the theme to McGyver playing in my head, I fashioned many, many cones out of plain ole aluminium foil. They worked fantastically!


Didn’t have much time to fool around with fillings so I made a very simple mascarpone filling (recipe below) studded with festive red glace cherries and pistachios. Freeze the leftover filling and you get Cannoli ice-cream!


Thank you Lisa for such a fun and very tasty challenge!For more elegant versions of cannoli, do visit the other Daring Bakers.

Mascarpone Cream Filling
(I threw this together but I think I may have been inpsired by Mr. Oliver at some point in time).

1/2 cup pure cream
Scant 1 cup mascarpone cheese
1 tbsp icing sugar
few drops orange blossom water
diced glace cherries and chopped pistachios to stir through.

Lightly whip the cream until the beater trails show. Stir the mascarpone with the icing sugar and orange blossom water until smooth, then gently whip it into the cream until well blended. Be careful not to overbeat. Fold through the cherries and pistachios.

Oh yes, the Cannoli angels heads were made by sticking a tootpick into a craisin (dried cranberry), then dipping it in white chocolate and drying it upside down on some baking paper so the chocolate would pool and form a halo.  Stick the toothpick head into cone opening.

Have a great weekend! (Do stop by on Sunday if you have the time – not telling why yet ☺)


Audax said...

Absolutely love that last photograph especially the little girl's tongue and the way is looking at it with glee. And cannoli ice-cream your post just gets better and better. And I think it looks (a little like) batman LOL LOL. Wonderful warty (blistered) shells and adore the fillings. Bravo on the puns also. Cheers from Audax in Australia Sydney.

shaz said...

Thanks Audax! I'm glad someone thinks it looks at least a little bit like Batman :)

Trissa said...

My favourite is the first picture of the cannoli choir. It is adorable. If no one eats it can I have it for Christmas decor? Adorable!

Sarah-Lyn said...

LOL these are awesome! Love the Canoli, so cute!

Wic said...

Divine, delicious looking batman.
love the way you showed us how to play with the challenge.
i am amazed. love it.

Ellie said...

Hahaha! You cracked me up with all your brilliant inventions. Love everything especially the cannoli ice-cream cone!

shaz said...

Ha ha too late Trissa, they were devoured as soon as I finshed taking the photos!

Thanks Sarah-Lynn :)

Ta Ellie - it was so hot and I had so much filling left I thought freezing it would help keep better. Then of course I thought of ice-cream :)

Cheers Wic, I had lots of fun as you can see :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, I love your cute creations! Very well-thought!



s said...

love the way u have played around with the dough...fantastic.

Lauren said...

Lol! These are priceless! I love the shapes and everything - looks like so much fun =D.

Laura said...

These are so adorable!

Jenny said...

These are awesome and that ice-cream cannoli sounds so great! And I love the last picture. Great job!

Barbara said...

Such fun, Shaz! Clever you to come up with these unusual ideas for cannoli!
And the ice cream? YUMMY!

Anula said...

Love your christmas tree and snowmans :) what a great idea to shape and decorate them like that :) Cheers!

syrupandhoney said...

I'm totally going to steal your cannoli ice cream idea...I think my nephews will love it! Job well done!

Mama Mia said...

Love all the posts, especially the last. It looks more like a catman, bravo!! keep it up

Y said...

(cracking up) Fantastic, just fantastic. Yours is my favourite post this month so far.

I'd have to agree with MC Senior however. I don't quite see Batman either.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

haha I LOVE your cannoli! That is pure genius with Christmas coming up! :D

Lisa Michelle said...

OMG, Sharon..JUST WOW! I am amzed at what you did with the cannoli dough. LOVE the bunnies, Batman, the Xmas tree and really loving the ice cream cones! You put Macguyver to shame, chicky! Beautiful, sharp photos too, especially of your kidlet with his ice cream..so cute! thank you so much for deep frying with me this month..it was such a joy to see what you came up with and read your post. You get a ton of gold stars! :)

pierre said...

Hi shaz this is beautiful and this cone with this creamy mascarpone hmm I am hungry now !!!
cheers from rainy Paris

Marcellina said...

Brilliant Shaz! I always love you ideas! And your pics! Particularly the last shot of the child enjoying the icecream. Perfect timing. Plus, your cannoli are great especially with icecream. YUM!

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

You are so creative....y-u-m-m-y

Catalina said...

Mmmmm nice blisters on your cannoli!
I like the batman one.....only it looks like a cat!
Cute ideas!

shaz said...

Thanks everyone!

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

You win for most adorable post! LOVE that Christmas tree cannoli, and of course your ice cream cones!!

anjelikuh said...

wow, the aluminum foil worked so well! I'll be using this method for mine next time :D and great blisters you've got there!

Sheltie Girl said...

I love all your different cannoli shapes! The ice cream cones are fabulous!

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

creampuff said...

Oh my gosh that is so cool! I love your "molds". And I totally thought that looked like Batman ...

Prama said...

Will you be my mummy???