Healthier Italian Cannoli Cream - Twiins Style
Today marks a very special milestone birthday for us. To add to our celebration we're making a healthier version of our favorite birthday dessert...Cannoli. We weren't sure how the texture would be effected using part-skim ricotta instead of whole milk ricotta, but as it turned out we were very happy with the results, The texture isn't quite the same but hardly noticeable. Since we didn't want to give up our favorite dessert using part-skim ricotta was a huge success for us. If eating healthier means you think you have to give up your favorites, we proved you don't have to. ❤️❤️
- 12.5 ounces part-skim milk ricotta (drained for 2 days in the refrigerator to remove all excess liquid)
- 4 ounces granulated sugar
- 0.083 ounces vanilla extract
- 1 tiny drop of cinnamon oil
- 1 drop Fiori di Sicilia
- 1/2 Tablespoon candied citron, diced (optional)
- 1/2 Tablespoon candied orange peel, diced (optional)
- 1-2 Tablespoons semi-sweet Mini chocolate chips (may substitute with bittersweet chips, depending on your preference.)
- chopped nuts or mini chocolate chips, your preference, for garnish
- powdered sugar
- In a medium bowl place the drained ricotta cheese into the bowl, mix to combine with a spatula until smooth. (You can use a stand mixer if you prefer but this is a small batch so it’s not needed)
- Add granulated sugar and fold in until dissolved completely. The texture should be smooth, not grainy.
- Fold in the vanilla & cinnamon oil.
- Blend until incorporated.
- Gently fold in the citron, and/or candied orange, and mini chocolate chips.
- Place in a pastry bag and refrigerate until ready to pipe into cannoli & serve.
- Before piping, cut the tip of the pastry bag large enough to allow the chips to pass through.
- Garnish the ends to your liking and sprinkle with a little powdered sugar.
Notes: If making cannoli you can save time by purchasing the pre-made shells from Amazon or Costco.
Do not fill cannoli until ready to serve or your shells will be soggy.
Cannoli Cream Filling can also be used for cakes, cupcakes, and as a pastry filling.