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Cannoli Dip
Cannoli Dip

(Serves 8 to 10)
Cannoli Dip served with Pizzelle and Strawberries

15 ounces ricotta cheese
8 ounces mascarpone
2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon Fiori di Sicilia extract (optional)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Pizzelle, graham crackers, and/or strawberries for serving


In the bowl of a food processor, combine the ricotta, mascarpone,
confectioners' sugar, vanilla and Fiori di Sicilia (optional). Puree until smooth. 
Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl.  In a separate bowl, whip the heavy
cream until stiff peaks form. Add half of whipped cream to ricotta mixture and
fold until combined; then add the remaining whipped cream and fold until
combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Serve with pizzelle, graham crackers,
strawberries, or fried flour tortilla chips dusted lightly with cinnamon-sugar.
Everyone loves cannoli.  But if you're making them for a crowd they can be time-consuming
because you have to fill the shells right before serving so they don't get soggy. This recipe takes the
delicious flavor and creamy texture of cannoli filling and turns it into a wonderful party snack. It can
actually be made a day of two ahead. The addition of the Fiori di Sicilia extract gives the dip a
delicate orange-vanilla flavor but you may leave it out. We like serving the dip with pizzelles but any
crisp cookie would be perfect for dipping.  You could even break up some waffle cones.  This dip is
so luscious you might even find yourself just eating it with a spoon.
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You know that wonderful marriage of
flavors you taste when you combine vanilla
ice cream and orange sherbet in the same
bowl? That’s what Fiori di Sicilia tastes like.
Use about ½ teaspoon in a typical recipe
for cookies, pound cake, pie, meringues,
sweet bread, etc. Many Italians use it to
scent their panettone and pandoro. You
may have to restrain yourself from using
Fiori di Sicilia in EVERYTHING!  Your
friends will be guessing just what you’ve
done to your sugar cookies, yellow cake, or
sweet bread to make them taste SO good!
It is more expensive than your standard
supermarket extract but a little goes a long
way.  Store it in your refrigerator and it will
last for several years.