Cannoli Shells

posted by Truth 08-11-98 1:00 PM

Cannoli Shells

1 1/3 cups flour
1 tbsp shortening
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
wine (sweet or dry)

Mix flour, shortening,salt and sugar. Add enough wine to make a stiff but workable dough. Roll into a ball and let stand for about an hour.

Roll out dough 1/8" thick. Cut into 5" squares. Place cannoli tube* across the corners of the square. First fold one corner around the tube, then the other corner and press the corners together.

Deep fry one at a time until a dark golden brown.Remove carefully and let cool completely before filling. Makes 12

* Cannoli tubes can be found at specialty stores, or you can get a aluminum tube from the hardware store. Get a tube about 8 inches long and about an inch thick. Or if all elsefails, do like mamma did. Use a broom or mop handle(an old one of course, so you dont have to ruin a new one by cutting it) make sure its an unpainted one.

Ricotta Filling:
1 pound ricotta
2 tbsp. chocolate chips or shaved chocolate
1 tbsp. candied orange peel or rind
1 jigger of almond liqueur or creme de cacao Or any other liqueur you prefer
2 tbsp. powdered sugar

Cream ricotta well and add chocolate, orange peel,liqueur and sugar fill shells carefully with ricotta filling.

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