Sicilian Impressions: Cannoli

Sicilian desserts are world famous but the most decadent has to be deep fried cannoli tubes which are filled with ricotta or fresh custard cream.

They are a special treat and are often given as gifts for Christmas and Easter.

The empty golden shells are tiny works of art ready to be filled with sweetness.

Sicilian Cannoli

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14 thoughts on “Sicilian Impressions: Cannoli

  1. I live in tropical Queensland. A local couple have opened an Italian deli/café. Dee is from Sicily and she makes sinfully good cannoli. I have a love/hate relationship with Dee ….

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      1. No, Dee is friendly and bubbly! We force ourselves to eat things like cannoli …

        Now, if I could just entice her to make fritelle, it would be perfect.

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  2. I am a diabetic. when I was in Sicily the only dessert I had was a homemade cannoli. I passed on the tiramisu. It was worth every risk to my good health.

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    1. Actually cannoli aren’t sweet at all, if you eat them with a little ricotta cream cheese without sugar they are still wonderful. But the same can’t be said for other Sicilian desserts which can induce diabetic coma 😉 I bet you are happy you risked your life for a taste 🙂

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  3. My favourite Italian dolce, and grateful I can get pretty decent ricotta and pistachio ones from our local Italian shop. I remember the most delicious were from a pretty well known bakery in Erice, and I discovered little chocolate tipped ones from a bar in Positano. Yummy.

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    1. Cannoli are so versatile, you can really personalise them according to your own personal taste. My mother had a fantastic recipe which used marsala instead of white wine in the tubes and she then filled them with ricotta, chocolate chips and dried fruits … so original!

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