I am not a big fan of super sweet desserts – I just never have been. So when B suggested doing an Italian date night for New Years Eve, and suggested I make a cannoli dessert, I was all about that. They are so delicious, and don’t pack too much of a sweet punch. (recipe from Food Network’s Giada de Laurentiis)
WHAT YOU NEED
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
One 1/4 ounce envelope gelatin
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream – at room temp
1/2 cup ricotta cheese – at room temp
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp orange zest
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (or however many you want – mini chocolate chips are too cute).
WHAT YOU DO
Pour the half-and-half into a small saucepan and sprinkle with the gelatin. Allow to soften for three minutes.
Place over medium low heat and bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring often to dissolve the gelatin.
Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
Add the heavy cream, ricotta, almond extract, orange zest, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt to a mixer.
Mix on low to combine.
Add the warm half-and-half mixture and blend to combine, about 10-15 seconds.
Pour into six ramekins; and sprinkle in the chocolate chips. (The mixture will be incredibly runny, and they will drop to the bottom. I freaked out about this, but apparently that is what is supposed to happen).
Let sit overnight, and garnish with a few more chocolate chips on top.