Mrs J has been threatening to make some of these ever since she saw them during a Sopranos episode years ago.  I ordered some of the tube forms the other day and today she fired up the mixer.

This is the recipe we went with.  I’m not a judge of cannoli, never had one before, but these were darn good.  We rolled the dough with the pasta machine to about an eighth of an inch, then rolled 4″ circles cut with a tumbler a bit thinner yet, into a rough oval about 4″x6″.  These were wrapped around the tube forms and then fried in 375 degree oil-I was giving them 2 to 2-1/2 minutes.

Mrs J had read several recipes and kind of winged it on the filling.  She figures the proportions were 1-1/2 cups of ricotta, 1 cup of cream cheese, and 1/2 cup of Splenda per batch, it took 3 batches to fill the cannolis.  We ended up making 15 total.  Your count may vary depending on how the thick your dough is and the length of the individual tubes you roll.  We tossed enough scrap dough to roll another but deemed the dough overworked already.

I can see where the filling recipe you end up with could vary quite a bit.  There are tons of flavorings and cheeses that would work great.  Mrs J was going to use some vanilla in hers today and just forgot.

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