Friday, 27 November 2009

Daring Bakers: Cannoli

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.

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Oh, peeps. Cannoli! One of my loves at Brunneti! One of my loves pretty much anywhere! This month I got to make my own and the results were . . . mixed.

After my last minute panic baking the last couple of months (which resulted in me not participating or not having time to give things a try if they didn’t work 100%), I scheduled a baking day as soon as we had received the assignment. BEST LAID PLANS. I chose a day towards the middle of November, little knowing that we would have a heat wave. 38C + deepfrying didn’t work for me so I postponed. Then it was Esther’s birthday and I had birthday cake to make. Then I had work, volunteer and social commitments every single day for the rest of the month. Finally, on Sunday night, as I was busy cooking up things for dinner with friends on Monday, Esther suggested making the dough so it would be ready to fry up when I got a chance. Genius woman!

The dough came together very quickly and easily and I started to worry that maybe I’d been a been over the top with my worries about making cannoli. I popped it in the fridge until Tuesday morning when I didn’t start work until ten. So I rolled and cut and fried at 8:30 in the morning. My mine problem was that I wasn’t able to roll the dough to the thinness to ensure that it went all bubbly and cannoli like. Reading through the recipe again, I realise I should have actually let it rest a bit more but I was on a schedule so it was overly thick

I made a rose and vanilla cream to fill them with, melted some chocolate and put it all together. They were delicious and fun and I may make them again one day when I have learnt how to roll dough properly.

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Wic said...

the look delicious. I love the pretty plate.

Audax said...

Those beautiful cannoli on that elegant plate looks so delicious well done and I love the chocolate rim on the cannoli is especially nice. Well done on this challenge. Cheers from Audax in Australia.

syrupandhoney said...

Bummer that you had challenges (I should have let mine rest longer too - thank goodness for the pasta roller!)...but omg yours look sooooooo yummy and the flavor combination sounds great!

Jen said...

i don't usually eat cannoli because people usually fill them with custard (and you know how i feel about custard) but omg SJ I WANT TO NOM THESE SO MUCH!!!

Linda@eatshowandtell said...

Hmm i think you're a little harsh on yourself, the cannoli looked pretty good. At least you know what the problem is, next time you attempt it again, I'ms ure you would perfect it =D Btw I love Cannoli too

Lisa said...

Your cannoli turned out beautiful..and that filling sounds delicious, although I hate anything flower scented in my I'd still give yours a shot, as it's just too creamy looking to pass up. Thank you for deep frying with me this month! Oh, an BTW, love love love the title of AND your awesome ;)

ren said...

mmmm these look so delicious!

s-j said...

@Wlc - thank you so much! The plate is from my girlfriend's extensive collection of pretty things.

@Audax - thanks! I only wish I had had time to try the many awesome thing you suggested in the thread to get them even better.

@syrupandhoney - Thank you - I love all things rose-flavoured and boring old cream sounded boring. I did envy all the pasta machine people this month.

@Jen - <3 I will make you some some day.

@Linda - Thanks for you kind words.

@Lisa Michelle - Thanks for the compliments and thanks for an excellent challenge. It was exactly that for me and I did sign up to be challenged.

@Ren - you and Jen will have to come over when I try the recipe again.