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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cannoli Ice Cream

The ice cream maker came back out last night. This time it produced a decadent, rich, creamy Cannoli ice cream. You heard me right. This is not to be taken lightly. Quite a leap from the refreshingly light and fruity Key Lime Sorbet. More than one scoop of this pastry-inspired bad boy, and you're in for it. Not for the faint of heart. But it's ohhh so good.

Cannoli Ice Cream makes about 1 quart
1 3/4 C ricotta cheese (not skim)
2/3 C sugar
1/2 heaping tsp vanilla extract
2/3 C heavy cream
1/2 tsp grand marnier
citrus zest (I used grapefruit because it is what I had, but you could use lemon or orange...I used about the zest of half a large grapefruit)
smidgen of fine sea salt

In a food processor, combine the ricotta, zest, sugar, and vanilla until well blended. With cover on and blade spinning, slowly pour in the heavy cream. Then add the grand marnier. Place the mixture in a medium bowl, and place the medium bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice water. Set in the frig until thoroughly chilled. (I find the ice bath makes it chill faster).

Churn in your ice cream machine according to your machine's directions. Place in a freezer container in the freezer until firm.


creativecarryout said...

Wow. Just the name would have me interested, but the pictures sent me over the edge. Drooling! I've bookmarked this to make SOON. Thanks for the recipe.

Elyse said...

I love the idea of cannoli ice cream! And, I'm totally up for a challenge: any desser that isn't for the faint of heart...well, it sounds right up my alley! I can't wait to try this decadent treat!

Ingrid said...

Oh, wow!!!! I love cannoli filling. I learned how to make it as a teenager & whipped up a batch all the time.

I seriously can't wait to give this a try. I'm making a note for myself to put the ice cream bowl in the freezer.

Thanks for the recipe!!!

Donna-FFW said...

I JUST KNEW I should have asked for an ice cream maker for Valentines Day!! Who needs roses? This sounds delectable.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

OMG! I have ricotta cheese in my fridge-- and this sounds like dessert for this week. My ice cream maker are learning to bond with one another. Beautiful photo!


Reeni♥ said...

Something brought me here and now I know what it is! This ice cream, yum!
It looks out of this world!

JenPB said...

OH...MY....this looks absolutely sinful! Maybe no one else in the family will like it and I can claim it all for me, me, ME! :)

(Thanks for sharing!)

Alyse said...

I totally would have added chocolate chips and maybe some crushed Cannoli shells to the mix :)

oneordinaryday said...

Hands-down the best ice cream I've ever had. I just blogged about making this, with just a couple yummy add-ins.
Thank you for sharing it!!! It's amazing!!!

Michael said...

I found this recipe last month and it is a huge hit in my house. My wife claims is the best thing I have ever made. THANKS!

Erin said...

This was delicious! I don't recommend adding chocolate or any other additions to it, though. It just messes it up. Luckily I tried that out with just a spoonful of ice cream instead of the whole thing! The texture is just like David Lebovitz's cheesecake ice cream. Really, really rich and creamy. Thanks for the great recipe! :)


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