In theory, there is no dessert I'm afraid to make. I feel that I have enough skill and openness to adventure that I'll try anything once. In reality, there are plenty of sweets--things I love enough to order in restaurants or hunt down in bakeries--that I've never attempted. Case in point: the cannoli.
I love a good cannoli. The shell is light and crispy, the filling rich and smooth. Really, what's not to love about any dessert made with cheese? With just a sprinkling of chocolate chips or a drizzle of chocolate on the shell, I believe all of my prerequisites for a fabulous dessert are met.
I made the mistake of grocery shopping while hungry the other day and found myself seduced by this:
Actually, it was a package of two, but I ate one before I decided to write a post about them. Although I sometimes find Wegmans to be hit-or-miss when it comes to baked goods, the cannolis are quite good. This is especially true if you get them the day they're filled.
So, why haven't I ever tried to make cannolis? Technically, I would need to buy those little metal forms for frying the shells, but I rarely let having to buy kitchen gadgets stop me. No, cannolis intimidate me. The thing is, I don't know why. They don't seem all that complicated. None of the ingredients are especially exotic or expensive. It's just a thing.
Well, no more. I vow to make a cannoli. So there. Anyone out there have any experience? Good recipes? Wanna come over for the Great Cannoli Experiment? Conquer the fear and...
Keep it sweet.