I have been wanting to join the Daring Bakers for quite a while, but was afraid to take the leap. There are so many awesome bakers out there posting their beautiful pics and it made me a bit nervous to try. Well, I finally joined thinking that this would be a perfect way for me to do some of the things that I learned in school and change them to vegan. I was also hoping to be challenged to do something that I would not normally make and this challenge is exactly that.
While I absolutely do love cannolis, I have not had them since going vegan. I've never given them a shot because they are normally fried, and well, that scares me a bit. Sure, we deep fried things in school, but it was with a huge deep fryer that was made for that sort of thing! I did find a couple of recipes that allow you to bake the cannoli shells, but none of them had very good reviews. Baked cannoli shells just won't bubble and puff up like the fried ones will.
Well, I gave it a shot and ended up with some pretty freakin' tasty cannolis and no oil burns!
I followed this recipe on live journal and made a few changes:
I fried these at 375° in a canola oil for a couple of minutes. Be sure to move them around with tongs to make sure they brown evenly and don't walk away at this point! They fry up fast!
Naked cannoli shells just waiting to be filled. See all the nice bubbles?!
My Favorite Cannolis
I added chopped chocolate to the filling, dipped the ends in chocolate and more chopped chocolate. They were the best! A little bit of sifted powdered sugar on top would have been perfect!