Recipe courtesy of Laura Vitale

Homemade Cannoli

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 12 hr 15 min (includes straining time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 16 cannolis
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Ingredients

2 pounds whole milk ricotta cheese

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, plus more for sprinkling

2 tablespoons chopped candied orange peel 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

16 cannoli shells 

Mini chocolate chips, for garnish

Directions

Special equipment:
cheesecloth and a large piping bag fitted with a large tip
  1. Place a piece of cheesecloth in a strainer and hang it over a bowl. Add the ricotta to the strainer and cover it with a bit more cheesecloth. Place a small plate over the top of the ricotta and weigh it down with a large can of tomatoes or anything heavy. Let it strain in the fridge overnight.
  2. In a large bowl, add the strained ricotta, powdered sugar, candied orange peel and vanilla. Stir everything so it's all well mixed.
  3. Add the filling to a large piping bag fitted with a large tip. Pipe the filling into the cannoli shells and dip each end in the mini chocolate chips. Sprinkle over some powdered sugar. Serve right away for best-tasting cannolis.
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