Chocolate-Dipped Cannoli with Orange Ricotta Filling

Total Time:
1 hr 25 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
8 cannoli
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 8 store-bought cannoli shells
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips
  • Cannoli filling:
  • 1 quart good-quality ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • 1/4 cup chopped citron (candied orange peel)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions
For the chocolate:

Melt chocolate over a double boiler and dip half of each cannoli shell in the chocolate. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off then lay shells out on a silpat or waxed paper-lined tray to set while you prepare the filling.

For the filling:

Line a colander with cheesecloth, add the ricotta and let drain until very dry. Squeeze out any excess moisture in cheesecloth. Place the ricotta into the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on high for 5 to 7 minutes until light and fluffy. Add sugar, orange zest, chopped citron and vanilla extract, then mix on medium until just combined. Place the filling into a piping bag and fill chocolate dipped cannoli with the mixture. Serve as soon as possible.


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