Cannoli’s, probably the best known Italian Pastry in the North End of Boston if not the world! Millions of people flock to our North End Bakeries purchasing this delicious treat, but did you know that the origin of cannoli’s dates back to the 9th century and Arabic empire? Cannoli was specifically made for Carnivale. This festive season occurs right before lent and consists of parades and masquerades similar to Mardi Gras.
A cannoli is a flaky pastry tube filled with a rich cheese filling, such as ricotta, cream cheese or mascarpone and sweetened with vanilla, chocolate, pistachio, candied fruits or nuts.
Today we are enhancing our cannoli filling with American Heritage Chocolate. The spice in the American Heritage chocolate combined with the cannoli filling is a miracle of sweetness. Try our Cannoli filling or as a Cannoli Dip
Chocolate Bit Cannoli Filling
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Ready in 20 minutes!
Makes 20-24 cannoli’s or a fantastic Cannoli Dip.
Large Mixing Bowl
2 cups ricotta cheese
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 ½ cups confectionary sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (6 ounce) box of the American Heritage Historic Chocolate Block
½ cup of American Heritage Historic Chocolate Drink Mix
Chip and shave American Heritage Historic Chocolate Block into small pieces.
Beat ricotta cheese and cream cheese in a bowl until smooth, About 2 minutes.
Add sugar and vanilla and beat for an additional minute until well incorporated.
Fold in chocolate shavings
Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate, chill for at least 10 minutes
Your cannoli filling is ready to fill a cannoli shell and drizzle with microwaved American Heritage Historic Chocolate Drink Mix or use as a cannoli dip with cannoli chips
To fill the Cannoli Shells
Fill pastry bag with cannoli filling and fill each side of cannoli shell with a good dollop of filling.
(If you don’t have a pastry bag, I used a plastic ziploc baggy and snip the tip of a corner of the bag with a pair of scissors)
To make the Chocolate Drizzle
In Microwave safe bowl, microwave ½ cup of American Heritage Historic Chocolate Drink Mix for one minutes and stir until smooth.
Try our Chocolate Cannoli Dip with Cannoli Shell Chips
Follow all the above instruction and gentle mix the melted microwave chocolate into prepared cheese mixture, cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 10 minutes and serve. Yummy!
Truly the perfect dessert!
To order the American Heritage Chocolate Drink and other American Heritage products shop on-line at The Old North Church Gift Shop at: http://old-north-church-gift-shop.myshopify.com/