Chocolate Cannoli

19 May 2015

Cannoli are a traditional Sicilian dessert/snack made from cylinder pastry shells filled with sweetened ricotta, fruit and nuts. These days you’ll find all sorts of variations on the fillings, vanilla custard for example.

This chocolate mousse recipe also works well and is ready in 3 easy steps. There are simple jobs for kids to do too!


Enough for 20 small shells.

200gm dark chocolate – the darker the chocolate, the richer the mousse

300ml cream for whipping

150gm mascarpone

2 tablespoons honey

50gm toasted and chopped nuts. We used pistachio. Almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts will all make great substitutes


Step 1
Whip the cream to soft peaks

Step 2
Melt the chocolate in the microwave on high in 30 second intervals, stirring each time.

Step 3
Gently fold the honey through the mascarpone. Remember, .mascarpone needs a delicate touch. Fold through the whipped cream, nuts and then chocolate.

Refrigerate for at least an hour or until just set.

Pipe the chocolate mixture into the cannoli shells. It is easiest to pipe the filling from both ends into the middle.

For a little bit of decadence, dip the shells into melted chocolate and sprinkle with some nuts.

Cannoli shells can be bought from deli’s and specialty shops.

Happy Cooking

Written by

Adam Clements

You can find Adam blogging about his kitchen adventures with his daughter over at Cook and Kid. Adam spent 22 years as a chef and now wants to give something back, have some fun and share the good times he has with his beautiful daughter. Why not go and say hi and enjoy his mouth watering recipes!

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