Cannoli Dip

I mentioned recently that we made ‘our version’ of Cannoli. And here it is! Rather than going to the hassle of making the shells, forming them into tube shapes, and carefully filling them…we made a dip! Afterall, we are dip people. And let’s get real…how fun is this?

The past several weekends I’ve been soaking up the sun at Kara and Cliff’s pool every chance I get. We pretty much go both Saturday and Sunday, if possible. It is the life. The only bad thing is that I come home and am so tired from the sun! How can I enjoy a day in the sun but not let it drain all of my energy? I wish I knew the answer to that! The weekends can’t be all about pool and relaxation because we’ve got blog work to do too! We made this dip 2 weekends ago after a long day at the pool. I am so glad that we made it because it is one of the most fun desserts we’ve made yet.

I never tried cannoli until just recently. I think the idea of ricotta in dessert was initially weird to me. But I’ve since learned that ricotta in desserts is basically perfection, so maybe I should give cannoli a chance. I never should have tried!! We chose to fold in mini chocolate chips, but you could use pistachios too, which is how I normally see cannoli prepared. But we needed CHOCOLATE!

Here’s what you’ll need

Mic together flour, salt, sugar and butter

Start adding the marsala wine, enough to form a firm dough

Knead dough for a few minutes, then form into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and let it sit for an hour

Place the ricotta in a strainer and place the strainer over a bowl to drain out excess water

In a large bowl, mix together confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and ricotta cheese

Finally, fold in the mini chips – 1/2 cup, but it never hurts to add a few more for good luck

While the cannoli refrigerates, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness

Use a pizza cutter to cut dough into squares, about 1×1 inch

Fry a few at a time, for about a minute, or until crisp and golden

Allow chips to cool then sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and serve with cannoli dip! Mama Mia!