Cannoli alla Siciliana

Crispy pastry tubes with a creamy fruit- and chocolate-studded filling Aldo Zillis dessert pastries are to die for
By Aldo Zilli
Cannoli alla Siciliana
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes plus 24 hours chilling
  • Effort: medium


  • 250 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 40 g sugar
  • 100 ml white wine or marsala
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying

For the filling

  • 250 g ricotta cheese
  • 50 g candied fruits
  • 2 sprigs mint, leaves removed and finely chopped
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 350 ml coffee liqueur
  • 50 g chocolate chips

To serve

  • melted chocolate sauce


1. Sieve the flour, sugar and a pinch of salt onto a work surface and make a well in the middle.

2. Whisk the wine or Marsala in a bowl with the egg yolks and pour into the well in the dry ingredients. Using your fingers gradually bring the flour into the liquid until a smooth dough is forming. Drizzle the olive oil onto the surface to help form the dough and keep it moist. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in cling film and leave it to rest in the fridge for 24 hours (if youre in a rush, an hour will do).

3. Next day, work the dough by kneading it. Shape it into a ball, and divide it into four. Cover the other 3 balls whilst shaping the first piece so that the dough does not dry out.

4. Flatten the dough slightly with a rolling pin or by hand, until about 2mm thick. On a lightly floured surface, cut it into a rectangle, large enough to wrap around a large cannoli mould until the edges meet. Press the edges together to make a cylinder. Repeat until you have covered all 4 moulds.

5. In a deep fryer, carefully heat vegetable oil to 180C and deep-fry the cannoli, still on their moulds, until golden brown. Remove them with a spoon to a plate lined with kitchen paper. When cooled slightly, remove them from the moulds and allow to cool.

6. For the filling: mix together all the filling ingredients in a bowl until well combined.

7. When the cannoli are cold, spoon the filling into each tube.

8. Serve the cannoli with melted chocolate sauce to dip into.

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