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Monday, May 24, 2010

Low-Fat Cannoli - Save Room for Dessert

Hello, friends! Did you have a good weekend? Well I hope you saved room for dessert!

Recently my husband and I discussed the idea of healthier, or at least less unhealthy, desserts.  And I guess he has a point.  If I have to make a dessert a week, they should probably not all be totally disgusting and artery clogging. 

And they can still be tasty!

So I bring you today's offering: Low-fat cannoli!
It's pretty simple, really.  The most time-consuming part of draining the ricotta - you want it to be dry so it's not runny and messy when you pipe it into the cannoli shell.  I used a knee high stocking to drain, but that's only because I never see cheesecloth in the story when I'm actually thinking about it.  So I buy new knee highs and voila! :-)

I dumped all 2 lbs of part-skim ricotta into my mixer.  After whipping for a bit, though, I knew it was going to keep its grainy texture so I moved everything to the food processor.  I'm sure the blender would work just as well, of course!  When it was in the mixer bowl, I added...

2 tsp of vanilla extract

And 1 cup of powdered sugar.  I'm sure this is all "to taste" - maybe if you like a little liqueur flavor you could add that as well.  I know there's all sorts of things you can add but I like to keep it simple.  And from what I understand from my husband, aka The Cannoli King, the taste is pretty much spot-on.

Whir it around and around until it's smooth.

Then fold in 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips.  This is the good stuff here, people.

This filling went into my Pampered Chef decorator with the biggest tip I could find - those mini chips can clog up a piping tip, let me tell ya.

And once the shells were filled (you can find them at just about any grocery store), I sprinkled more chips on the ends.
The texture is still a liiiiiittle off of your normal cannoli, but then you're trading texture for a lower amount of fat.  And that's not a bad thing, right?



Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

Oh gracious, this is making me so hungry.
The ricotta cheese probably gave them such a nice flavor.

Martha (MM) said...

Looks perfect to me Jen! Ooops, think I just drooled a bit on my keyboard ;-)

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Fantastic dessert. The chocolate chips over the top are a wonderful finish.


Kristen said...

No one would know by looking at those beauties that they were low fat!

Lyndsey said...

What a beautiful dessert! I think I would give up a little texture for a nice lowfat treat like this!

Tiffanee said...

Wow! Looks delicious. I agree with the others that no one would know they are low-fat. Now cleaning up the drool from my keyboard. YUM!!

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

That can't be lowfat - it looks too good!

Chris said...

I'm not a big dessert guy but good lord those look excellent, even if they are "semi-good for you" ;)

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