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You'll need

225 gm (1½ cups) plain flour 2 tsp Dutch-process cocoa powder ½ tsp ground cinnamon 2 tbsp caster sugar 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter 60 ml (¼ cup) vin santo or Marsala 1 egg, beaten 6-8 cannelloni pasta tubes, for wrapping 1 eggwhite, beaten For deep-frying: vegetable oil For dusting: pure icing sugar   Ricotta filling 55 gm (¼ cup) caster sugar 1 kg ricotta, sieved 80 ml (1/3 cup) vin santo or Marsala 40 gm (¼ cup) icing sugar 50 gm glacé orange, finely chopped 35 gm (¼ cup) slivered almonds, roasted


  • 01
  • Sift flour, cocoa and cinnamon into a bowl, add caster sugar and combined butter, vin santo and egg, stirring until dough starts to come together, then turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until dough is smooth and elastic (5-10 minutes). Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • 02
  • Cut pastry into four pieces. Working with one piece at a time (keep remaining refrigerated), lightly flour dough, then using a pasta machine with rollers at widest setting, feed dough through rollers reducing settings one notch at a time until dough is 2mm thick. Cut into 9cm squares, place on a lightly floured tray and cover with a tea towel. Working with one square at a time, wrap pastry around cannelloni tubes, so opposite corners overlap, and brush with eggwhite to seal (do not put eggwhite on the tube). Heat oil in a deep-fryer or deep saucepan to 180C. Deep-fry tubes in batches until crisp and golden (2-3 minutes), drain on absorbent paper, cool slightly, then slide cannoli shells off tubes. Cannoli shells will keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  • 03
  • For filling, process ricotta, liqueur and icing sugar using a food processor until smooth, stir through remaining ingredients. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a 1.5cm star nozzle and pipe into cooled cannoli, dust with icing sugar and serve immediately.

At A Glance

  • Serves 24 people
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  • Serves 24 people

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