Thursday, December 15, 2011

Improv Cooking Challenge: Eggnog Cannolis with Craisin "Sprinkles"

In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I almost missed the date for the Improv Challenge!  All month, I had planned my dish ... even went on a search for the shells - and I completely flaked on the date of the post.  sigh.  Well, here I am .. better late than never, right?
I have a love affair with cannolis and have always wanted to make them - this eggnog and cranberry challenge was the perfect opportunity!  I looked for a recipe that used milk, and then I just substituted the milk for eggnog and cut out the sugar in the recipe.  They are soooo yummy (and SO easy to make)!  Enjoy!


Eggnog Cannolis with Craisin "Sprinkles"
Cannoli filling adapted from:  Lisa Gianotti

1 1/3 c. eggnog (divided)
1/3 c. cornstarch
1 lb. low fat ricotta
craisins, chopped
cannoli shells

1.  Whisk together 1 c. eggnog with cornstarch and allow the mixture to sit for at least 20 minutes (place plastic wrap touching the surface of the mixture so that "skin" doesn't form).
2.  Heat the eggnog mixture slowly in a sauce pan over low heat.  Stir constantly and add the remainder of the milk.  Stir until the mixture thickens.
3.  Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, then mix in the ricotta.
4.  Pipe the mixture into cannoli shells and sprinkle on the craisins!

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justputzing said...

These cannolis look so good! You are so creative and talented!

Melody ♪♫ said...

mmmmmmmmmmm -- looks simply delicious! Never made cannoli before. (Although I did pin a "cannoli" recipe onto my Pinterest board that utilized sugar cones instead of shells...)

Kristin said...

Fun! I need to give cannolis a try! Thanks for visiting my blog :)

Wendy said...

This challenge has brought the best out of blogland cooks. I see lots of tempting recipes here, yours included.

Lizzy said...

Oh, these cannoli look fabulous!!! You win tons of extra points for your originality...beautiful!!!

Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

What a fabulous idea! I just bought cannoli molds and am dying for Christmas vacation to hurry up and start so I'll have time to play around with them. These look so beautiful and festive!

Anonymous said...

Cannolis is a fun idea! I have never eaten or made them. I must need to get out more!


MrsFoxsSweets said...

These look so yummy!

Teri@thefreshmancook said...

I have always wanted to make these, because I thought the homemade cream would be so much better than the ones you buy. I am going to make yours. They look delicious, and I love everything in them! Thanks for inspiring me!

Anonymous said...

What a creative idea! Cannolis! Brilliant! They look amazing - LOVE the idea of an eggnog filling!

nicole @ I am a honey bee said...

ooo cannolis! such a great idea!

Donna Currie said...

Nice use of the secret ingredients!

Jackie said...

My hubby loves cannoli. I will most definitely have to make these for him as a nice surprise. Thanks for posting.

Hearty Appletite said...

So glad you didn't miss the deadline! These looks delish. What a great idea! Merry Christmas!