Friday, November 27, 2009

To Cannoli or not to cannoli...

I had all the intentions of doing the Cannoli. I swear I did…

… but the fettuccine attachment of my pasta machine started calling me and that was the end of the cannoli dream.

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.

First the recipe:

CANNOLI SHELLS
  • 2 cups (250 grams/16 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons(28 grams/1 ounce) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams/0.06 ounces) unsweetened baking cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1.15 grams/0.04 ounces) ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon (approx. 3 grams/0.11 ounces) salt
  • 3 tablespoons (42 grams/1.5 ounces) vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams/0.18 ounces) white wine vinegar
  • Approximately 1/2 cup (approx. 59 grams/approx. 4 fluid ounces/approx. 125 ml) sweet Marsala or any white or red wine you have on hand- I've used rose
  • 1 large egg, separated (you will need the egg white but not the yolk)
  • Vegetable or any neutral oil for frying – about 2 quarts (8 cups/approx. 2 litres)

Pasta Machine method: Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces. Starting at the middle setting, run one of the pieces of dough through the rollers of a pasta machine. Lightly dust the dough with flour as needed to keep it from sticking. Pass the dough through the machine repeatedly, until you reach the highest or second highest setting. The dough should be about 4 inches wide and thin enough to see your hand through. Continue rolling out the remaining dough. If you do not have enough cannoli tubes for all of the dough, lay the pieces of dough on sheets of plastic wrap and keep them covered until you are ready to use them. Roll, cut out and fry the cannoli.

Since I didn't exactly do the cannoli I won't put the directions here. But you can find them at the hostess blog.

Here’s what I though: cannoli, fettuccine… it’s all Italian, right? What about some ravioli? Ok, to go with the theme let’s do some as well…

I’ve made some filled with Nutella. I've cut round shapes of the rolled dough, put a tablespoon of Nutella in the middle, closed and pressed the edges with a fork.

I've also made other raviolli filled with orange pastry cream.

For these I've used a big stripe of dough and put tablespoons of pastry cream with a about 5 cm (2 inch) distance between them. I've closed the dough to the other side, pressing around the cream and cut around each one.

But I was getting a bit tired of Italy, so I decided to move to Mexico... Why not make more tortilla chips?

So here they are, canolli tortilla chips with raspberry pastry cream dip.

I'll leave you with all non-cannoli family: fetticini, raviolli and tortilla chips! Enjoy them while I'll enjoy a short trip to Berlin! I'll tell you about it when I'm back!

52 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Loooove what you made instead! :)

Enjoy Berlin!

Audax said...

LOL LOL LOL I think if I had a pasta machine like that I would would of done fetticini, raviolli and tortilla chips also. Beautiful blistering on the 'cannoli'and the 'dip' sounds so delicious I think your versions are so adorable and a great idea for parties. Cheers from Audax in Australia.

Leslie said...

again, your creativity amazes me!!!

Katrina said...

You are one brilliant chick in the kitchen! Nutella! Ravioli! Pasta! Tortillas! Love it all.
Can't wait to hear about Berlin!

Kerstin said...

How creative! I love it all!

Wic said...

amazing and delicious. love it.

Marina Mott said...

Great pasta class!!! Look delicious!!!

Gala said...

Love all the different ideas!

Jenny said...

What you made instead of cannoli is just wonderful! I just love the creativity you bring into every challenge.

Barbara said...

You turned this challenge into great fun!
I'd love to try it all!

syrupandhoney said...

Omg I am sooo going to steal your pasta ideas - love them!

morgana said...

Pues a mí me han encantado todas estas versiones de los diferentes tipos de pasta. ¡¡ Qué imaginación la tuya !!

Megan said...

That ravioli must have been fabulous! If I still had cannoli dough left, I would do that. Maybe I'll try that next time! Great idea!

Dawn said...

I love when you color outisde of the lines. I prefer this anywho. This is all non-fat right? Cool.

Lauren said...

Cannoli or not, they look stunning to me! Love the shapes and ideas - very creative =D.

Linda@eatshowandtell said...

LOL this is one of the most funniest post I've read. Great to see how you can be so versatile, exploring different cuisines with just the dough. Loving all the italian things that you could do with the dough, not only that, but your choice of fillings are great, who can say no to nutella. Oh the blistering on your tortilla chips is awesome, just the way it should look on a Cannoli shell.

CaSaundraLeigh said...

All your treats looks so delish--your very creative; love it!

ivorypomegranate said...

Mmm, gotta love culinary globalization! Your photos look amazing too!

Maggie said...

Great ideas! I wish I had saved some of my extra dough to make pumpkin filled fried ravioli.

Lori said...

Love the chip and dip concept! Creative!

Cakebrain said...

You're an endless font of creative ideas! That's working outside the box! looks yummy!

Lisa Michelle said...

Rita..I LOVE IT!! Most unique cannoli idea thus far! Would you mind if I stole a photo to put up on my blog so I can label your cannoli the most unique?? Thank you so much for deep frying with me this month..what a pleasant and fun surprise!

Ingrid said...

I'm totally okay with it if you're sharing! Great job on your adaptions!
~ingrid

Aparna said...

I think I am quite speechless at your creativity. But then again, I'm not surprised because I knew things would be different here. :)

Vegan Von Vittle said...

Very creative! I especially love the raviolli :)

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Hahahaha I was totally expecting something different, but I would never have dreamed of this! You always come up with the best of things!!

Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home said...

um. You have just made me want to lick my computer screen. You had me at "Fried," "Nutella," and "Orange Pastry Cream"

mmm...

andaoana said...

Wow! So many presentation ideas. Just wonderful.

Jenny Tan said...

Ooohhhh, they look so good...cannoli or not cannoli! That was so funny! :) Love your ideas! :)

Dolce said...

This reminds me of a wonton recipe that was filled with chocolate... But I am sure your homemade version was far tastier :)

CookiePie said...

WOW - all of these look amazing, and so creative!!!

silverrock said...

Oooo... who cares if they're not in the traditional cannoli shape. The creativity you've shown with your amazing variety of treats is what the Daring Bakers is all about... and you my friend, have mastered it! Way to go, and I'm sure they tasted amazing :)

jose manuel said...

Ya tienes un admirador de España. Soy de un pueblo de Estepa (Sevilla). Tienes unas recetas increibles. Espero seguir disfrutando de tus recetas.

Sheltie Girl said...

Utterly awesome world culinary tour with the cannoli challenge!

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

Zen Chef said...

What!? You're not taking me to Berlin with you!? :P

(he said while munching on fettucini, ravioli and tortilla chips..)

pityenlacocina said...

thiese look fun and delicious, excellent! cheers from london

cookeaze said...

Sounds wonderful!! I need to start making homemade Cannoli…it is not just for the holidays it should be for all year long! It is so good for us!

Emily said...

I love this! You always put so much time and thought into these challenges. Job well done!

The Blonde Duck said...

You're so creative. I love it!

Mona said...

Wow thats so awesome! hahaha I like how creative this is and how you kept going further and further with it. Like first spaghetti...then some ravioli...and then some tortilla chips! Looks delicious :)

Alexa said...

Great presentation and twist on cannoli! Enjoy Berlin!

The Blonde Duck said...

Maybe you could try PB canneloi...

Vanessa said...

Wow, very creative! Although I prefer the traditional cannoli, I fully appreciate what you have done with the recipe!

Anna said...

Hope you had fun in Berlin!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I love your cannoli variations. Looks like you had a lot of fun with these.

I really want to hug you like crazy for saying that canolo is the singular and canoli is plural. It makes me want to tear my hair out when people say "canolies" (or raviolis, or crostinis, etc.)

Dhanggit said...

what gorgeous creations you made!! enjoy berlin!!

Juliana said...

Wow, love the creativity...and boy they look good...

Suzana said...

Cannoli, pois! E fettucine e ravioli e tudo o que houver! Espero que Berlim estivesse fulgurante de vida e rebuliço e que tenhas sobrevivido às compras de Natal... :-p

Bj enorme*

Colloquial Cook said...

Ahah, you're completely bonkers darling! Talking of speaking outside the box!! Your nutella raviolis are calling my name :-D

And the word verification for me today is "gobbl" which translates my state of mind with uncanny accuracy.

fairy_mi said...

Wtg for the beautiful and original performance for the challenge!
Very creative and must be delish!
Wtg!
And greetings from Israel
Inbal
(also a DB)

cookeaze said...

I've never even heard of this before.Thanks for the inspiration and this is adorable!

Leslie said...

oh my, that looks so yummy!