Cinnabon Cannoli

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I have been working on perfecting a Cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe for a while, the hardest part about perfecting the recipe was the frosting.  Well I was able to mimic it and modify it to work for a cannoli giving the cinnabon taste an Italian flair.  If you have never had a Cinnabon defiantly try one, In my opinion they are some of the best cinnamon buns out there.  
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Step 1: The Ingredients

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To make the filling for the cannoli you will need the following:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces of ricotta cheese
The hardest part about making this frosting is getting all of the ingredients to whip and aerate correctly, I will break down the process as best as I can in the following steps.

If you need some shells you can find my recipe for them here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Cannoli-Shells/

Step 2: Techniques and Tips

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All of the ingredients will be added in order to get the right consistency.
  1. To whip the butter it will need to be softened and will need to be whipped at high speed for about 3 minutes.  
  2. After it is creamy you will need to set the bowl on ice water for about 5 minutes to slightly stiffen up the butter.  
  3. Now that it has slightly stiffened up you will need to whip it for an additional 4-5 minutes. You will know it is ready for the next ingredient when the butter has turned almost white and has increased in volume.
  4. You can now add all of the remaining ingredients except the ricotta cheese. You will want to slowly increase the speed of the mixer until you are out of the danger zone of having powered sugar fly everywhere, after that whip on high for about 2 more minutes.
  5. Now you can add in the ricotta and blend for about a minute, after that it will be done and it should be light and fluffy.
BlackSheep12 years ago
um, is there cinnamon in the ingredients?
Those sound awesome!
pmahi2 years ago
they look really tasty!