The Sicilian cannoli, original recipe

The Sicilian cannoli, original recipe

If the cassata is the queen of the Sicilian pastry, Sicilian cannoli are definitely the king of what, in the world, It is considered one of the richest cuisines, varied and tasty ever. Finally I managed to take new photos of the Sicilian cannoli. As well as to turn the VIDEO RECIPE STEP BY STEP so here's the recipe for this cake that is also included among the Pat, the traditional food products of Sicily Region.

The variants of the Sicilian cannoli

How many Sicilian recipes, by Sicilian arancini the Cassata, through buns, Rice pancakes, pasta alla Norma, Also cannoli undergo numerous local variations: the sweet (that the story wants to be born in Caltanissetta during the Arab domination) It is traditionally composed of a zest and a cream of ricotta, but really the variations are endless. The rind (scorcia or scuoccia in Sicilian) It is a fried wafer and can be more or less dark, depending on whether there is contained cocoa powder or coffee or less. In Messina, For example,, the rind is very clear, because it is made without cocoa or coffee and I will leave just the recipe Messina zest.


Here you will find the VIDEO RECIPE STEP BY STEP to prepare the perfect cannoli. Indispensable the LARD, the Marsala wine and a little’ Wine Vinegar: all three serve to form in cooking those bubbles that make the rind of the cannoli so crumbly and light. In addition to Marsala, or instead of Marsala, often adds a little’ of white wine in the dough, which must be compact and elastic. After a rest, the dough is then stretched thin, we are talking about millimeters, wrapped in the reeds (a real time river reeds, today stainless steel rods) and fried, once in lard, Today you can also use peanut oil.

The stuffing is based on RICOTTA OF PECORA (some use the ricotta cheese when that sheep is not available) and sugar: the cream cheese can be enriched with pieces of candied (orange or pumpkin) or with a little’ cinnamon (I do not put), although now there are cannoli filled with chocolate cream, Pistachio, custard. The exterior of the cannoli, that originally were preparing for Carnival, It is garnished with powdered sugar on the peel and candied orange or cherries or hazelnuts, chopped pistachios or dark chocolate flakes on cottage cheese.

A tip

FUNDAMENTAL stuff the cannoli with ricotta cream only ready to serve, otherwise the moisture of the ricotta make springs zest: for years are all the rage so-called 'Travel cannoli', with brushed rind with dark chocolate inside to protect it from moisture ricotta. If you have to travel you have no choice, but if you prepare them even do not try this at home: the taste of Sicilian cannoli is completely altered from that of chocolate. I recommend, if you prepare them for Carnival take a look at all my CARNIVAL RECIPES, and have a good day!


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  • 250 grams of flour 00
  • 60 milliliters of dry Marsala (or white wine)
  • a teaspoon of vinegar
  • 40 g lard
  • a pinch of salt
  • a teaspoon of cocoa powder satin (if you want a darker rind)
  • 35 grams of sugar
  • 40 grams of egg yolks (2 large eggs yolks but pesateli)
  • grated rind of one lemon organic
  • peanut oil, or lard, for frying, to taste
  • lard to grease the steel rods, to taste
  • little egg white to seal the rind of the cannoli
  • 1 kilo of ricotta cheese
  • 359 grams of powdered sugar or extra fine granulated
  • cinnamon (Optional)
  • hazelnuts or pistachios, to taste
  • dark chocolate flakes, to taste
  • candied orange, to taste


The Sicilian cannoli, original recipe

Before preparing cannoli look carefully VIDEO RECIPE STEP BY STEP I made for you. I recommend, if the cottage cheese was too watery, I suggest you let it drain in a colander for a few hours in the refrigerator. Then, the ricotta with a spatula and add sugar. If the ricotta is the right one, creamy, You will not need to sift because it easily reduce cream. If, however, you saw lumps, then you'll have to sift the ricotta with a fine meshed strainer to obtain a velvety cream. Cover the cream cheese (which if you want you can add a pinch of cinnamon and a few finely chopped candied) with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the zest of Sicilian cannoli: pour the flour on the work surface, sugar, Salt, the yolks and lard. Mix with your fingertips until the mixture is blasted mixture composed of crumbs. Add the Marsala wine vinegar and lemon zest. Continue to knead for a long time, until you have a smooth dough, compact, homogeneous, as you see in VIDEO RECIPE STEP BY STEP. Wrap the dough for the zest of Sicilian cannoli in plastic wrap and let stand in the refrigerator for two hours.

After resting in a refrigerator, you will see that the dough will become elastic and smooth. At this point, picked up a small portion of the dough and roll it out with a rolling pin (or with the sheeter) to a thickness of 2 mm at the most. The sheet must be stretched very thin otherwise it will not form bubbles in cooking and, swelling, It will become too thick. Grease of lard barrels. Place the barrel on the pastry and, with a wheel, draw an oval of about 10-12 centimeters in diameter (as you see in VIDEO RECIPE ). Brush a little’ albumen on one end of the dough, then overlap the flaps so that the one without the albumen rests on the steel barrel. Pressing slightly overlapped edges so that the cannoli in cooking do not open. I suggest not to prepare cannoli and then fry, but frying as that prepared them because if the pasta waiting dries, the bubbles will not grow properly.

Fry the cannoli in peanut seed oil at 165-170 degrees (use the indispensable kitchen thermometer): you will see that the bubbles will immediately form, as in VIDEO RECIPE. When the cannoli are golden (it will take a few seconds), rigirateli and then remove them from the oil using a slotted spoon. Drain the excess oil peel and place on absorbent paper. When they have cooled peel, remove the canes making a slight twist: this is a delicate phase, because if the peels are done well, They are fragile and very light, so excessive pressure may break. Remember to grease the rods again with lard before preparing new peel.

Stuff the cannoli with ricotta cream, using a pocket bag without tip, a moment before bringing the cannoli in table (I carry everything you need at the table, both the ricotta and the various seals, farcisco cannoli, I garnish them and serve them to my guests, I assure you rarely forget the experience), sprinkle the zest of Sicilian cannoli with icing sugar, then garnish the cream cheese as Favorite: chopped nuts, candied fruit or chocolate chips. Bon appétit!

The Sicilian cannoli, original recipe
The Sicilian cannoli, original recipe

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alessandro Priano 25 January 2019 at 18:13

How wonderful !!!…Thanks Ada.
un saluto da alessandro 🙂

Ada Parisi 26 January 2019 at 23:55

Thank you always! Appearance an opinion! ADA

Paola Damiani 25 January 2019 at 14:26

Practically perfect. How like me. Santa do you. Immediately.

Ada Parisi 26 January 2019 at 23:56

I butterebbero out of heaven in five minutes. But thanks ❤️

elisabetta corbetta 25 January 2019 at 08:50

I love them are sweet favorite
A big kiss

Ada Parisi 26 January 2019 at 23:56

On this you are in good company! One kiss, ADA


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