24 Carat Golden Canoli

This recipe was inspired by the most expensive Golden Canoli created by Carey Lennaccaro at Sprinkled with Sugar. (you can read more here The Worlds Most Expensive Indulgence) This dessert will be great for special occasions such Valentines day, anniversary, birthday. Don’t have $26,000USD to sample the famous Golden Canoli? not a worry, reproduce it at home for less than $20.

Prep time 1 hour
Ingredients:
1 Ready made canoli shell
6 Dark chocolate Hersheys bars (or any dark chocolates of your choice)
1 sheet of 24 carat edible gold (bought on eBay for $10 inc shipping)
1 cinnamon stick
1 shot of vodka (optional)
1 cup ricotta cheese, preferably whole milk
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 cup heavy cream

*** drain ricotta cheese over a strainer for at least half an hour before using it to make the filling****

As this recipe require a lot of time to prepare, I decided to cut down the preparation time by purchasing ready made canoli shells rather than making the pastry from scratch. That allowed me time to make the fillings and focus on the luxurious presentation of this dish.

Infused Vodka: Place the cinnamon stick (you may use cinnamon powder as a substitute) in the shot glass and microwave for 40 seconds.

For the filling: In a mixing bowl, whisk the ricotta with half the shot of vodka until smooth. Sift in the powdered sugar, cinnamon and allspice. Mix to blend. In a separate bowl (or in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment), beat the heavy cream until fairly stiff. With a spatula, gently fold the cream into the ricotta mixture. Refrigerate for a half hour to an hour.

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Melt the dark chocolate bars with remaining half of the vodka shot.

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Brush the melted chocolate onto the Canoli shell and allow it to rest for 30 minutes till the chocolate harden up.

Place filling in piping bag and fill the shell with cream. Carey Lennaccaro wrapped the whole gold sheet around his canoli but I thought it was abit too much and tacky looking, so I decided to break the gold sheet into gold flakes instead.

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The final product should look like the above. To add to the luxury feel I served this with a shot of pink grapefruit vodka that contained 22 carat gold flakes. (Bottle can be purchased for $100). It can also be served with an Affogato or coffee of your choice.

I hope you enjoy making the above as much as I did.

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