Chocolate Chambord Cannolis

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Author Notes: Crispy and deeply flavorful chocolate chambord cannoli shells filled with an incredibly luscious ricotta and mascarpone filling! Such fancy pastries. Leigh Suznovich

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Makes 20

FOR THE CANNOLI FILLING

  • 1 pound ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 pound mascarpone cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, plus additional for dusting on top
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 1/4 cups mini chocolate chips, plus additional for sprinkling on the ends

FOR THE CHOCOLATE CHAMBORD SHELLS

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, cubed small
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1/4 cup chambord
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 5 cups canola oil, for frying
  1. First, make the filling. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine all of the filling ingredients except the mini chocolate chips. Slowly beat it all together with the paddle attachment until the mixture is creamy and uniform. Add the chocolate chips and gently let them get stirred in. Cover the bowl and refrigerate it until you are ready to fill the cannolis.
  2. To make the dough for the shells combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse it a few times to sift it all together. Add the butter and egg yolk and pulse the mixture more until it is a crumbly, pebbly texture. Slowly pour in the chambord with the processor running, then the cold water until it comes together into a soft dough.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a clean, lightly floured surface and bring it together into a soft ball. Knead it a couple of times to really bring it together. Cut the ball of dough in half and roll the first half out thin enough to go through a pasta roller. You can also just continue to roll it out by hand until it is a delicate, super thin sheet.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a clean, lightly floured surface and bring it together into a soft ball. Knead it a couple of times to really bring it together. Cut the ball of dough in half and roll the first half out thin enough to go through a pasta roller. You can also just continue to roll it out by hand until it is a delicate, super thin sheet.
  5. Use a 3 inch square cutter to cut perfect squares out of each sheet of dough. Keep them as close together as possible to yield at least 10 per sheet. Transfer the squares to a sheet tray lined with parchment paper and cover them to keep them from drying out.
  6. Heat the canola oil in a large, wide pot over medium high heat. Use a deep fry thermometer to make sure the temperature reaches 350 and stays there. Take the first 5 squares of cannoli dough and wrap each of them around a cannoli mold in a diamond shape. The two points should wrap around and meet in the middle. Press the two points together firmly and brush them with the reserved egg white to seal them.
  7. Fry the first 5 cannoli shells in the hot oil for about 3 minutes, until crispy and bubbly. When they are done, remove them with tongs to a rack set over a sheet tray to drain. While they cook and cool prepare the next 5. I used 10 cannoli molds so that I could work in batches of 5. When the first batch is cool enough to handle, carefully slide the shells off of the molds and let them finish cooling while you prepare the next batch. Continue to work in batches like this until all 20 shells are cooked and cooled.
  8. Take out the filling and transfer it to a large pastry bag. Cut the tip of the bag to be big enough that the mini chips can get through. Fill each cannoli shell generously. Sprinkle the ends of each cannoli with additional mini chocolate chips and dust them with additional powdered sugar. Then just serve immediately and enjoy!

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