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.
I’ve only been part of the Daring Bakers group for 3 challenges and I LOOOVE discovering what the challenges hold. This month was super fun! I’ve never really thought of making cannoli before, but really enjoyed the challenge.
I used my pasta maker to roll the dough really thin and found that the dough had to be flattened to the thinnest setting in order to get the lovely blistery shell. The shells were incredibly easy to make and cooked up within about 20 seconds.
Rather than making the traditional ricotta filling I ended up making a vanilla bean cheesecake filling. They were delicious!