Thursday, December 29, 2011

Dessert: Elegant Canoli on Glass

  • 2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons light cream (also called table cream - I like Nestle)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 Ghirardelli chocolate bar (I used semi-sweet but bitter sweet and milk chocolate can also be used)
  • 10 sheets Athens Phyllo (fillo) dough - Buy it frozen and let it thaw for 2 hours in room temperature.  
  • 2 Tbsps unsalted butter 
  1. In a large bowl thoroughly mix the ricotta, vanilla extract, light cream, and confectioner's sugar with a spoon
  2. Cover with plastic and let it settle in the fridge while preparing the phyllo dough
  3. Carefully remove the thawed phyllo sheets from the box.  Phyllo is extremely sensitive so be careful not to break it apart
  4. Melt the butter and grab a brush
  5. Open a single sheet of Phyllo on a clean hard surface and coming in from the edges spread the melted butter all over using your brush
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  7. Stack another sheet of Phyllo on top and do the same with the butter
  8. Stack a total of ten Phyllo sheets
  9. Using a sharp knife cut the buttered Phyllo dough into four pieces
  10. Set each rectangle piece onto a cookie sheet. Don't grease it! There's already enough butter to go around
  11. Bake at 375 degrees for 5-7 minutes then turn and bake for another 5 minutes.  The goal is to get the Phyllo dough to a pretty golden crust
  12. Grate a couple of the chocolate squares. (Save it in a small zip lock bag
  13. Remove the dough and place each rectangle into a large zipper lock bag and zip it up
  14. Using a rolling pin or your hands start crumbling the dough into small pieces that can be spooned up into a glass
  15. Pour about a Tbsp of the dough into a martini or margarita glass
  16. Spoon some of the grated chocolate on top
  17. Pour two Tbsps of the ricotta mixture on top 
  18. Finish with some more chocolate and dough if you'd like
  19. Place a chocolate square on top as garnish

I wanted to make a special dessert for Christmas!  I had some Phyllo dough in the freezer that my friend Magali Lopez gave me a couple of months ago.  I found this video on youtube and decided to make it!  It is VERY GOOD!  It's also very light!  It's not too sweet and you feel good after eating it!  If you want to impress your guests and your family definitely make this dessert!  The grated chocolate and crumbled Phyllo dough will last for days inside the zip lock bags.  Just don't refrigerate it!  Keep everything room temperature :)  

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