Cannoli Parfaits, sweetened ricotta and mascarpone cheese layered with crumbled cannoli shells and mini chocolate chips!
First off, I have to say a big thank you to DaVinci Wine for sponsoring this post! Without sampling their DaVinci Chianti, I would have never dreamed up these dreamy (and creamy!) cannoli parfaits!
DaVinci Chianti uses Sangiovese grapes sourced from vineyards near Vinci, Italy. So, of course I wanted to make an Italian inspired dessert to pair with this wine.
If you love traditional cannoli, then you have to try these parfaits! I think they are easier to make as well since there is no piping!
I used mini cannoli shells but feel free to use regular sized, you are just crushing them up anyway! I purchased my shells from a bakery that sells cannoli. I’m sure you can find them easily as well. Or go crazy and make them yourself!
- 12 mini cannoli shells
- 8 ounces ricotta cheese
- 4 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon powdered sugar sifted and divided
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- pinch of kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips divided
- Lightly crush cannoli shells by hand, set aside.
- 2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the ricotta, mascarpone, 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
- 3. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream and remaining powdered sugar to form soft peaks. You can do this by hand with a whisk or with a handful mixer. Fold in half of the cream into the ricotta mixture. Fold in the salt and 1 tablespoon of the chocolate chips.
- 4. Layer the cannoli shells, ricotta mixture, and chocolate chips in small glasses. Top with remaining whipped cream and garnish with cannoli shell crumbs, chocolate chips, and a light dusting of powdered sugar if desired.
DaVinci Chianti is well-balanced with flavors of ripe plums, cherries and red fruit and I think it pairs so well with these cannoli parfaits. The parfaits are light and creamy, a nice contrast to the robust Chianti.
Traditional cannoli filling does not have mascarpone cheese. I added it to this parfait because I wanted the filling to be extra creamy and decadent.
You could go crazy with these. This to me is a base recipe to add in so many additions: fresh raspberries, pistachios, or hazelnuts!
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Thanks again to DaVinci Wine for sponsoring this post.