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Cannoli Parfaits, sweetened ricotta and mascarpone cheese layered with crumbled cannoli shells and mini chocolate chips!

Cannoli Parfaits, sweetened ricotta and mascarpone cheese layered with crumbled cannoli shells and mini chocolate chips! Recipe from ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com

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!

Cannoli Parfaits, sweetened ricotta and mascarpone cheese layered with crumbled cannoli shells and mini chocolate chips! Recipe from ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com

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!

Cannoli Parfaits, sweetened ricotta and mascarpone cheese layered with crumbled cannoli shells and mini chocolate chips! Recipe from ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com

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Cannoli Parfaits
 
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Serves: 4 parfaits
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Ingredients
  • 12 mini cannoli shells
  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, sifted and divided
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips, divided
Instructions
  1. Lightly crush cannoli shells by hand, set aside.
  2. 2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the ricotta, mascarpone, ½ cup of the powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. 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. 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.

 

Cannoli Parfaits, sweetened ricotta and mascarpone cheese layered with crumbled cannoli shells and mini chocolate chips! Recipe from ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com

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.

Cannoli Parfaits, sweetened ricotta and mascarpone cheese layered with crumbled cannoli shells and mini chocolate chips! Recipe from ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com

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!

Cannoli Parfaits, sweetened ricotta and mascarpone cheese layered with crumbled cannoli shells and mini chocolate chips! Recipe from ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com

 

DaVinci produces authentic, high-quality Italian wines. Find both DaVinci Chianti and DaVinci Pinot Grigio varietals at your local store. These wines are especially versatile, approachable and pair nicely with a wide variety of foods. For more fun wine pairing ideas, follow DaVinci Wine on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/DaVinciWine/

Thanks again to DaVinci Wine for sponsoring this post.

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1 Wonderful Comment

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    Jane says:
    September 10, 2017

    This all looks amazing. You have me hungry for parfaits and wine – and it’s only 9am LOL.

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