Saturday, June 5, 2010

Cannoli Cones

You all may have noticed an Italian flavor to a lot of my dishes and comfort foods. That is because I am partially of Italian descent. My father's mother, Edith, is the youngest child of 17 siblings. At 95, she still makes her own tomato sauce and still asks me if I'm being sure to cook at home because she feels the kitchen is the heart of every home. I have to agree with her!

This fun dessert came to me in a moment of homesickness. A cannoli would be #3 on my dessert list only behind tiramisu and creme brulee.

A cannoli is basically ricotta cheese and sugar. No way can that go wrong!

This fun dessert are easy, fast, can be made in large quantities, in advance, and served easily to a party full of guests. It's great for parties because, unlike ice cream, it's not going to melt the second you serve it. You'll get compliments on a creative idea.(and it's inexpensive too!)

Makes 5 heaping cones!


5 flat bottomed ice cream cones
One 15 oz container lowfat ricotta cheese
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Sprinkles for decoration

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Let mixture sit for at least 1 hour in refrigerator (you can make this up to two days in advance).

Divide evenly into cones, cover in sprinkles and serve!

Tip: If you put the cones on a cookie sheet while you're doing the sprinkles you can save the sprinkles that miss and use them again.

Mangiare e Divertirsi!
Chi mangia solo crepa solo.

Eat & Enjoy!
He who eats alone dies alone.

(photos to follow)