Friday, November 27, 2009

Daring Bakers: Cannoli!

This month, the Daring Bakers decided not to bake - instead, we would deep fry! I must say, I prefer baking. I wasn't ever crazy about cannoli, and I don't think I ever will be, but I'm still game to try anything.

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.

I decided to make a plain cannoli dough and, after frying, to dip them in chocolate and garnish with orange zest. The ricotta filling was a bit too dense, but it made for a nice taste combination.

I made stacked, flat cannoli, since I am in Germany and couldn't get my hands on cannoli forms even if I wanted to. Okay, now you can tell I am a grouchy baker. Working with a million conversions (oz to grams, F to C to gas oven numbers, etc. etc.) and two not-so-successful Daring Baker challenges (and recipes, in my opinion) have made me a bit grumpy. But hopefully December will be a different story!


Wic said...

na so schlimm waren die rezepte nun auch nicht. (Reden wir bitte nicht über das Macaroon fiasko)
ich denke deine Antwort auf diese Herausforderung ist gelungen.

Audax said...

I'm not sure why you are a little grumpy I think your cannoli stack looks just fine. Well done and the colour of the shells is superb I love the simple version for these cannoli. Cheers from Audax in Australia.

syrupandhoney said...

Your cannoli stack looks yummy...Haha I was a little grumpy too because this was too rich for me around Thanksgiving!

Lisa Michelle said...

No need to feel grumpy, your cannoli stacks look divine! The shells came out perfect, and the chocolate dipping makes them all the more yummy! You did great, even though they may be not to your liking in general. Kudos on a challenge rocked! Thank you so much for deep frying with me this month, even if it was not something you relished doing :) That's a true Daring Baker!

Linda@eatshowandtell said...

Your flattened cannoli shell kind of resembles a chop dipped ice cream cone. Great job on giving the challenge a go.

Marianevans said...

Thanks for the encouragement, everyone! I'll stop being grumpy now and get back to the kitchen :)