Nov 27, 2009

Challenging myself : The November 2009 Daring Bakers Challenge – 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.


As you can see I did a little MacGyver here.

 

I never had Cannolo myself, but I knew what they are and how to make them. So this Months Challenge was a nice surprise.

I love to fry thing so this was no Problem for me. But I just don`t wanted to make one of the big Cannolis, I wanted something small, cute and more like a Praline.


isn't it cute?

So the first try was with cacao and red wine. I was not really happy with it, it puffed up like mad, but believe me this cute little things filled with plain butter cream were divine.

So I had done what I wanted, but still there had to be more fun to be had.

And let's not forget the fresh Ricotta I especially made for this occasion. ( find the receipt here).


So I made this little tower with Ricotta and Mascarpone and paired it fresh pineapple. Oh believe me the crispy discs ( this time with white wine and without cacao) with the fatty creaminess were delicious. And who does not love Pineapple? 

So please try it. And don`t forget to take a look at the lovely things the others did. 

You can find the Receipt for this Challenge here.




45 comments:

Anita said...

The crispy discs look great. I wouldn't have thought to use white wine.. mmm.. ricotta and mascarpone + pineapple, sounds like a lovely combo

Audax said...

Pineapple pineapple pineapple and mascarpone sounds delicious and the cannoli shells look perfect all those blisters are great. Wonderful work on this challenge. Bravo and kudos for your efforts. Cheers from Audax in Australia.

shaz said...

Yes, I agree with Anita - that combination especially pineapple, sounds excellent. Great job! Such a pretty tower too :)

Cakelaw said...

I love your cannoli stack - and the pineapple is a nice touch. I was wondering whether we had to add the cocoa, because I was keen on "vanilla" cannoli - now I know I don't need it.

Trissa said...

Pineapple - what a great idea with cannoli - they do then to be really sweet and some pineapple would definitely cut down on that sweetness. Great combination.

zorra said...

You are the siter of MacGyver! Well done!

sweetakery said...

pineapple and mascarpone sounds delicious and the cannoli shells look perfect! thanks for comments and dropping by. =)

Lara (Tartacadabra) said...

Yes, they look really cute!! And I think McGyver would have been proud of you ;) :-D
I love the ones with the pineapple, how good of you to try them without the cacao in it, they look gorguous and yummie yummie (I think McGyver would not appreciate that choice of language, haha ;) ). Great Job!!

strawberriesinparis said...

so cute!!! love the flavor combinations

Lauren said...

Yours are adorable! Those flavours sound divine =D.

Jenny said...

Your mini cannoli are so cute, and the flavor combo with pineapple sounds so yummy! Great job channeling McGyver - I totally ran out of creative ideas for making tubes, so I just ended up making flat ones.

Maureen said...

wow - you made ricotta too!? cheers!!! :)

s said...

love the filling...

Suzler said...

Mm, I love the sound of the pineapple with the creamy cheese. Your cannoli stacks look perfect and your little cannolo shell is very cute indeed!

syrupandhoney said...

Aw love your cute little cannolo! And your stack sounds sooo yummy!

Valérie said...

Very cute presentation with the pineapple! Great job!

Cheri said...

Your cannolo is very cute! And, that pineapple version has me drooling.

Megan said...

Your little stacks are adorable, and I bet the pineapple was so refreshing with these.

Lisa Michelle said...

Love both the mini and stacked cannoli, especially the pineapple and mascarpone! Then again, I would love to fill those minis with pineapple and mascarpone, and pop them in my mouth one by one! Beautifully done..and thanks for deep frying with me!!

Linda@eatshowandtell said...

Hi Wic, haha I love how being in the DBC bring out the little Macgyver in all of us. Like yourself, I agree the Cannoli recipe is just great, so tasty that even when filled with the most simple fillings it elevates it to another level. Congratulations on actually making the ricotta as well, I can imagine how well it would go with the pineapple.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Oooh pineapple1 So creative and I love your Macguyer moment too :D

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Great job! i love bith versions!

Cheers,

Rosa

Heather said...

Great job and excellent pics!

Jane said...

HI Wic,

Your ricotta and mascarpone cannoli version looks just wonderful! Very creative indeed.

:) Jane

Aparna said...

Pineapple and mascarpone sounds delish. Love your little towers. :)

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

Lovely challenge! I love your cannoli tower!

Eat4Fun said...

You made very cute and delicious looking cannoli. The pineapple and mascarpone sounds like a winning combination. Wonderful job on the challenge! :-)

Mimi said...

I love you stacks, some what like a Napoleon. Pineapple and mascarpone...delicious.
Mimi

Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz said...

Very original presentation. I wish I had your confidence for fying...all new to me.

Marcellina said...

These are mouthwatering! Great combination as everyone has said. Congratulations!

Ellie said...

The cannoli stack look so pretty. Love the filling idea :)

Veena said...

Love the pineapple stacks-- and am sure the fruit negates the deep frying right? ;) Great job!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Love the deconstructed cannoli stack... I will have to make the flat shells some time... I love how they look in beautiful layered desserts!

berry lovely said...

Dein Mascarpone-Ricotta Turm mit Ananas sieht echt lecker aus. Great job!

chef_d said...

Yummy filling!

bake in paris said...

So fabulous, your McGyver tube form made great shaped cannolis! :-) I was chopping my wooden pin rolls into three and worked okay.

Sawadee from Thailand,
Kris

Jenny Tan said...

Mmm...mini cannoli is adorable! I'd love the pineapple stack...I just ate too many pineapples the other night! :)

Faery said...

I love your cannoli, they look great and I really like the cannoli tower.
Thanks for your nice comments.
And thanks for the ricotta recipe it sounds really delicious

Simon said...

Like the little stack you've plated. Also, good to see that you made the ricotta from scratch. Bet that must have tasted so fresh!

linda said...

Great work on the challenge, love the little tower!
Next time I'll try making my own ricotta :)

silverrock said...

Oooo your cannolis look super cute... and the stacked one is also adorable. I love the idea of using ricotta, mascarpone and pineapple. I'll have to give it a try sometime because it sounds simply delicious. Way to go on this month's challenge, and keep up the amazing bakes.

Hannah said...

What creative flavors- Your cannoli sound really tasty! Nice work on this challenge. :)

lisamichele said...

Wic..I have a litle gift for you at he bottom of this entry :)

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Clumbsy Cookie said...

Great McGyver move!!! They came out really well eh!

Juliana said...

Oh! Love you cannoli and the dessert with pineapple looks delicious...very creative :-)