Cannoli with Mascarpone Lemon Cream

  • Preparation 1 H
    Cooking 20 MIN
    Chilling 1 H
  • Servings 12
Holy cannoli! The filling for this Italian treat is typically made from sweetened ricotta cheese, but we squeezed in a little citrus with a luscious lemon curd and mascarpone cream. To assemble, the purists all agree: Only fill the shells at the last minute so your cannoli don’t lose their signature crunch.



  1. In a bowl, whisk together the egg, egg yolk, wine, vinegar and water.
  2. In a food processor, combine the flour, icing sugar and salt. Add the butter and mix thoroughly. Add the egg mixture and pulse until the dough forms a ball, adding water, if needed.
  3. On a work surface, knead the dough for 2 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Heat the oil in a deep fryer to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with paper towels.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into 4 pieces and shape into rectangles. Using a pasta machine, run 1 piece of dough at a time through the rollers, dusting with flour if it becomes sticky. Starting on the widest setting, continue running the dough through the machine, gradually narrowing the gap between the rollers until the dough is 1/16-inch (1 mm) thick.
  6. Cut into 3-inch (7.5 cm) squares. Wrap each square around a cannoli mould and seal the overlapping corners with a bit of the beaten egg white.
  7. Working in batches, fry the cannoli shells for 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown. Watch out for splattering. Drain the shells on the paper towels and remove the cannoli moulds while the shells are still hot. Let cool completely.


  1. In a bowl, whip the mascarpone and sugar for 2 minutes. Gently fold in the lemon curd. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a large tip.
  2. Pipe each cannoli shell with the filling. When ready to serve, dust with icing sugar. Keep the cannoli with mascarpone lemon cream in the refrigerator until ready to serve. They are best enjoyed the same day they were made.


Both the cannoli shells and filling can be made in advance. The fried shells freeze well and can be filled right before serving.

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