In May, I traveled to New York City – one of my favorite
cities in the world! I love the hustle and bustle, the many sights to see, and
the fabulous musicals Broadway has to offer. While visiting, my friends and I
made a quick trip to Hoboken, New Jersey, home of Carlo’s Bake Shop and TLC’s Cake Boss
star, Buddy Valastro.
I’ve been asked numerous times, too many to count actually,
if I wanted to be the next Cake Boss. Although I’d be happy to join the ranks
of the famous male cake designers in North America, I’m not looking for my own
TV show. I do, however, hope that my cakes are considered delicious, artistic,
masterpieces much like Buddy’s are!
While visiting Carlo’s Bake Shop, I was able to enjoy a few
of the delectable treats. One of my favorites was the famous cannoli, a
Sicilian pastry dessert. Who doesn’t love a fried pastry shell filled with a
sweet, cream filling?!?
If you are interested in trying your hand at making a
cannoli, here’s a recipe, supposedly from the Cake Boss himself:
8 store-bought cannoli shells
1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips
1 quart good-quality ricotta cheese
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
1/4 cup chopped citron (candied orange
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Chocolate - Melt chocolate over a double boiler and dip half of each cannoli
shell in the chocolate. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off then lay shells
out on a silpat or waxed paper-lined tray to set while you prepare the filling.
Filling - Line a colander with cheesecloth, add the ricotta and let drain until
very dry. Squeeze out any excess moisture in cheesecloth. Place the ricotta
into the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on high for 5 to 7 minutes until light
and fluffy. Add sugar, orange zest, chopped citron and vanilla extract, then
mix on medium until just combined. Place the filling into a piping bag and fill
chocolate dipped cannoli with the mixture. Serve as soon as possible. [Source: Facebook Page – Buddy a.k.a Cake Boss Cannoli Recipe]