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!