Monday, February 13, 2012

Brandy Snaps Cannoli







Instead of filling Brandy snaps with cream, I like to fill them with ricotta, like the Sicilian Cannoli. Today I chopped a few pieces of candied fruit (green melon and papaya, because I didn't have any candied citrus fruit) and mixed it with ricotta. I also added 1 tsp of vanilla icing sugar (icing sugar kept in a tin with a vanilla pod) and then I wanted to add 1 tbsp of orange blossom water, but it was out of date, so I added rose water instead. I will use the old orange blossom water for my bath (why through it away when you can have a sweet smelling bath!). I thinned down the ricotta with a little milk until it was soft, and piped it inside the Brandy snaps. But you don't have to stick to this recipe: add what you like, for example chopped dark chocolate, ground pistachio nuts, a little cinnamon... anything that sounds Mediterranean! I hope that you will like the idea!


Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©






This recipe is for Sweet New Zealand, the monthly Kiwi blogging event, now in its 7th edition, this month of February hosted by Shirleen of Sugar & Spice.

23 comments:

  1. a me tutto ciò che ricorda i cannoli siciliani piace a prescindere!!
    ciao loredana

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  2. I love the ricotta cannoli so much I NEVER order the custard ones any more ... All your variations sound amazing - my only problem will be which one to try first. Although I love the citrus best of all ...

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    1. I still have the custard ones, but they are those made with sweet puff pastry and shaped like a cone, so quite different from the Sicilian cannoli. I like the custard ones for breakfast :-) with a cappuccino.

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  3. These look beautiful Alessandra, so simple but so delectable :) Love the photo too +1 :)

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  4. Gorgeous! Such a simple but lovely idea. I love brandy snaps, and filling them with ricotta would be such a nice change. Candied fruit sounds sweet ... but then your mention of dark chocolate and cinnamon sounds irresistible!

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    1. It is easy to do a couple of batches, one of each, next time I will :-).

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  5. hey, thanks for checking out the giveaway- you just need to click through to the website to see the sizes. Its a children's range- they are pretty lovely!

    xo em

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  6. Thanks for reminding me how good brandy snaps are, I have not made them in years. Diane

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  7. Ma sono bellissimi!! Come sempre sei perfetta!!

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  8. Oh my goodness...pure bliss! These look so yummy...perfect for a Valentines day treat! Sending you oooodles of bliss for a wonderful Valentines. xoxo

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    1. Had them list night for dessert, nice and filling as we all had a long long and busy busy day. Definitely a special occasions' treat, and yet so easy to assemble :-).

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  9. Last summer, I ate cannoli in Sicile.
    This dessert is very good.
    Bye

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  10. son bellissime quelle cialdine, e l'idea di riempirle con tutto quello che piace è altrettanto bella.
    posso dirti che le foto di queste cialde sono tra le più belle che hai pubblicato? (a mio gusto, ovviamente).
    buona serata (anche se non so che ora è da te, qui sono le 21.57) ^^

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    1. Tu dici? Magari e' il bordino nero a farle risaltare :-)

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  11. Yum, I felt like a spot of cheese making today so might go and put some milk on for ricotta!

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  12. Ciao Alessandra! Ricotta with candied fruits! Oishiso~~~~! I love cannoli and I hope to be able to make it one day. =)

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  13. Ooh, your filling makes the brandy snaps real posh!

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  14. That's a nice and easy recipe! I'm not a huge fan of brandy snaps, but could give it another go if filled with ricotta instead.

    And if you still have some of that orange blossom water left, I wonder if you could add it to a base oil like jojoba or almond oil. Maybe it could make a nice smelling massage oil or even a summery smelling natural 'fragance'? :-) x

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    1. I think that it may be too watery to add to an oil, or to use as fragrance, but maybe it could do well as a hair rinse :-).

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  15. Good, your post reminds me to submit for Sweet NZ this month ;) I like the idea of a ricotta filling and candied melon and papaya sound perfect to me !

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  16. Wonderful idea - I've been putting off making brandy snaps as I find the cream filling too sickly but this may be the perfect recipe.

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