There are many great quotes referring to the delicious cannoli. The two below are my favourites.
“Leave the gun, take the cannoli”… Clemenza from The Godfather.
“I’ve never had cannoli before. But if they are supposed to taste this good, I should have had them much sooner.” - My husband’s exact words when he tried the cannoli I made for this month’s Daring Bakers Challenge…
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.
Lisa has also been kind enough to put in PDF the Cannoli recipe. The only change I made was to increase the amount of marsala wine (I added another 1/4 cup) and an egg until the dough was wet enough to knead. Unfortunately my first batch was too dry so I had to start over – but it was worth it!
As for the filling, I used a combination of candied oranges and dark chocolate.
Grazie Lisa for a great challenge! Your detailed instructions made a world of difference – it gave me so much confidence to tackle the challenge.