Friday, April 4, 2014

Cannoli Dip

Cannoli is everyone favorite dessert, this is an quick and easy way to have it,  dip it in some graham crackers and perfect for any party. Home made Cannoli's are difficult to make, but by having it in a dip your still getting that delicious flavor of the cream filling but in a dip. Looks great sitting on your dessert table.  Everyone will love this dip.

  • 15 oz Ricotta cheese, strained*
  • 8 oz Mascarpone cheese
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar, plus more for dusting if desired
  • 1 cup heavy cream**
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips 
  • In a mixing bowl using a spatula, blend together Ricotta and Mascarpone cheese, while pressing mixture along bottom of bowl to smooth mixture. Fold in powdered sugar. In a separate mixing bowl, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Add half of whipped cream to Ricotta mixture and fold until combined, then add remaining half and fold until combined. Fold in chocolate chips, reserving 1 - 2 Tbsp to garnish. Serve topped with remaining chocolate chips, dusted lightly with powdered sugar if desired and serve with graham crackers, strawberries, or cannoli chips.
  • *To strain I simply lay the ricotta over several layers of paper towels, then wrap and squeeze to remove excess moisture. You want to remove enough moisture that the Ricotta should hold it's shape pretty well so you may want to do this step twice.
  • **If you don't want the dip fluffy you can reduce the amount of heavy cream or even omit it (which will give it a texture closer to a traditional cannoli filling). If you do omit it you may want to reduce the powdered sugar by a few Tablespoons. 

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