Cannoli Crepes

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What is the best thing you’ve ever eaten?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cannoli Crepes
 
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Creamy cannoli filling stuffed inside soft crepes topped with whipped cream and chocolate chips. An easier spin on traditional cannoli!
Serves: 6-7 canonoli-filled crepes
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. 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).
  2. Fold in whipped cream and chocolate chips.
  3. Divide filling between crepes and roll up. Top with additional whipped cream and chocolate chips if desired.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    the other thing to try in new orleans is a nectar milk shake. At the central grocery in the french market you have to try a muffeletta sandwich it is bid as a dinner plate with italian meats cheese and pickled olive salad wonderful. another thing to try is seafood gumbo

  2. says

    angelo brocato in new orleanss has a tradition italian pastry shop with the old fashioned cappochino machine along with coffee italian candy and cookies and spumoni, cassata, and cannolis I love the fig cookies, hard clove cookies and the cannolis, cassata. truthfully everything is wonderful. its located on carollton in new orleans. try it next time you go to new orleans

    • Ashley says

      Hi Tom, the crepe recipe is linked in the recipe box — just click through and you’ll find the recipe I used!

    • Ashley says

      I totally sympathize! It’s been 3 years for us but man were they good! Someday maybe I’ll work up the courage to make real cannoli.. :)

  3. says

    Ashley!! Love that you discuss Sicily in this post. I’ve been there twice myself…including Taormina, which I LOVED! Can’t say I tried a cannoli, though (unfortunately, I was young and picky!). These crepes–would love to try ’em!

    • Ashley says

      Taormina was just gorgeous! Man I can’t wait to get back to Italy! I am still (somewhat!) young and picky, but my picky-ness comes into play more around vegetables and green things…. lol.

  4. says

    Wow Ashley, now this looks like my kind of crepe. Combination of crepes and cannoli’s = mind blown! Love it! And jealous that you and your hubbie went traveling through europe! I’ve been to england and france but not with the hubbie, definitely want to go again it was so fun!

    • Ashley says

      There are so many places I want to go in Europe yet! England being one of them. I’m really glad we did it, because I know it’ll be a while before we get away on our own for that long again! And Cannoli was probably my favourite thing we tasted while we were out there :)

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