What is the best thing you’ve ever eaten?
My husband and I went to Europe for 3 weeks (France, Spain, Italy, Monaco, Croatia) in the summer 3 years ago. It was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.
There are probably people who hesitate to spend a good amount of money on experiences. I am not one of them.
I’m sure I got my travel bug from my mother. Though we had never crossed any oceans when I was younger, my mom made sure we were going somewhere every somewhere, often for 3 weeks at a time. The East coast, the West coast, California (Disneyland!), Yellowstone, Mexico. This summer, we traveled with my family to Florida (Disneyworld — of course!) and on an Eastern Caribbean cruise.
Our memories of Europe are ones we will never forget, and we wouldn’t trade them for anything. Not even the money we paid to get over there.
I had done tons of research before we went. From the restaurants in the areas we would be staying, to things to do and see, to things you must eat in each city we would be visiting. So I knew before we got to Sicily that it is Cannoli that you cannot leave without trying.
We had done our best to make sure we covered the essentials in the other cities we were in. Macarons and Pain au Chocolate in Paris. Pan con Tomate, Tapas and Sangria in Spain. Gelato. Pizza and Pasta in Italy. More gelato.
So we couldn’t go to Sicily and not try it.
That was my “best thing I’ve ever eaten” moment.
Sweet, creamy ricotta filling with chocolate chips stuffed inside a thin, fried shell and dipped in chocolate. How can you put a price on that?
I have never dared to make my own cannoli. I mean, the filling is pretty straightforward — but the shells? (a) I’m a little intimidated and (b) would it ever compared to the little cannoli stand outside the Greek Theatre in Taormina? I don’t know if I can chance the disappointment.
This recipe makes cannoli more accessible and less time consuming. I know you’re not getting the crispy, deep-fried shell, but it’s an easy sacrifice for the time and effort you won’t be putting into these.
I made one batch of crepes using this recipe, and I saved about half for these crepes. The rest we ate while they were hot for breakfast. The full recipe makes about 12-14 crepes (depending how big you make them), so if you don’t want half for breakfast, feel free to halve the recipe. If you want 12-14 cannoli crepes, just double the filling.
- 6-7 crepes (half of this recipe)
- 1½ cups ricotta cheese
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup sweetened whipped cream (1/2 cup heavy cream whipped with about 3 tbsp sugar) or substitute whipped topping
- ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips
- Additional whipped cream and chocolate chips for garnish
- In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, sugar and vanilla. Puree with an immersion blender until smooth and combined* (you could also use a food processor or blender).
- Fold in whipped cream and chocolate chips.
- Divide filling between crepes and roll up. Top with additional whipped cream and chocolate chips if desired.