Cannoli Ice Cream

All the flavors of your favorite Italian pastry in a frozen treat. Ricotta. Toasted pistachios. Chocolate. Even chunks of cannoli shells.

Cannoli Ice Cream

Last weekend, our good friends M&M came to visit from Boston. After getting stuck in DC and missing their connection, they finally made it and we had a great time. We did a lot of just hanging out, catching up, hit up the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the US (right here in Cincinnati), and of course Hubby showed off his grilling skills and we ate delicious food. I always enjoy indulging visitors with some of their favorite treats while they’re in town. What can I say, nothing says you love someone like baking for them.

Cannoli Ice Cream

I knew I wanted to make some ice cream, because let’s face it, I’ve been obsessed with ice cream this year. Lucky for me, the he-portion of M&M will eat anything. And for the she-portion, well I had made these cannoli cupcakes for her bridal shower back in 2011, so I knew cannoli ice cream would be a hit for her. As an added bonus, Hubby loves cannolis. It’s the one dessert I refuse to make for him at home. He hasn’t had a good one since we moved, because let’s face it, the cannolis in the North End are tough to compete with.

Cannoli Ice Cream

I, on the other hand, can’t eat cannolis. Well just the filling. It’s the ricotta. My lactose intolerance rears it’s ugly head when it comes to ricotta. In all honestly, they weren’t my favorite before I was lactose intolerant anyways. But I aim to please, so I decided to whip up this cannoli ice cream.

Cannoli Ice Cream

I didn’t taste it, but I think M ate some for every meal while she was in town. I know she had it for a late night snack after we went to Oktoberfest and she also had a small bowl for breakfast one morning. On top of that, Hubby finished the rest off in a couple days, so I’m taking that all to mean that it was good.

Cannoli Ice Cream

So if you have a friend or loved one who likes cannolis, I’m confident they will enjoy this ice cream. I know I enjoyed making it for some of my favorite people.

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Cannoli Ice Cream

All the flavors of your favorite Italian pastry in a frozen treat. Ricotta. Toasted pistachios. Chocolate. Even chunks of cannoli shells.

Ingredients:

1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup whole milk
3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp light corn syrup
1 (15 oz) container whole milk ricotta or equal amount fresh
4 oz cream cheese, diced into small cubes
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup cannoli shell pieces
3 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup unsalted, roasted pistachios, chopped

Directions:

In a blender combine heavy cream, milk, sugar and corn syrup and blend mixture on low speed until sugar has dissolved, about 1 minute.

Add in ricotta, cream cheese and vanilla bean seeds and blend mixture until well pureed.

Transfer to an airtight container and freeze 1 hour, stirring once halfway through freezing.

Transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and process according to manufactures directions. Add in cannoli shell pieces, chocolate and pistachios during last few minutes of processing. Transfer to airtight container and freeze until semi-firm.

Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy

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14 Responses to “Spring M&M Pretzel Treats”

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    Sarah — April 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I love this simple recipe, and it will be a great idea for my sister-in-law’s bridal shower (both she and her fiance have M names). You mention in your other posts about using a squeeze bottle – is this any particular type of squeeze bottle? I’m not sure how to find one that would work for this purpose. What do you use? Thanks!

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    mamakrystal — April 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Awww, totally cute! It came up in my google reader and my stomach growled!!! YUM!

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    Teresa Bjork — April 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Yum! I’m making these this weekend for birthday treats. Can’t believe you can’t find almond bark. There are stacks of it at our small-town grocery store in Iowa.

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    Jen — April 9, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Sarah – I use squeeze bottles from Michaels. They look like this.

    Teresa – yes, it’s crazy that they don’t have almond bark out East. In the Midwest you can get it anywhere!

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    Sarah — April 10, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Thanks Jen! These are awesome. I have so many new pages bookmarked since finding your blog. P.S. I was in TJ Maxx tonight and found a jar of polka dot sprinkles, like true big polka dots, and I thought of you!

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    Baking Away — April 10, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Do you have any Super WalMarts near you? I get them there all the time in Massachusetts. They are carried year round in the baking aisle. I’m not sure if regular WalMarts have them too.

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    mrs. c — April 11, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    These look yummy and I think that my college-age nephews would love them…how whould they travel? Have you got suggestions for things that will travel well in the mail? Thank you

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    Jen — April 11, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    mrs. c – these would travel really well. I like them straight from the fridge or freezer. I would freeze them for a few days prior to mailing. That’s what I do with anything I ship. I have great luck with cookies and brownies going in the mail.

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    KV — April 12, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    have you tried coloring almond bark before? I tried a couple months ago and it was a disaster, so just curious

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    Jen — April 12, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    KV – I have not tried to color almond bark. The Wilton’s candy melts do come in a variety of colors though, so you could use those. They are sold at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

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    Baking Away — April 13, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Just wanted to clarify that I meant I find almond bark at Super WalMart here in MA. I went back to see if you had responded, and I realized my comment didn’t really make much sense!

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    Jen — April 13, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks. I don’t shop much at Walmart… It’s probably better that I can’t find this stuff anywhere, otherwise I’d be making these all the time!

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