We Love cannoli, but do not have the patience or the equipment for making and frying the whole deal. So we tried to get the lovely flavor of the traditional Italian cannoli in an easy to assemble pie . After several tries with an array of ingredients, we hit the best combination of flavor and texture!
So if you are in the mood for cannoli and there is not an Italian bakery in sight, or if you want to surprise your guests with the perfect end to an Italian menu , this easy cannoli pie will fit the bill . In case of nut allergies, please omit the pistachios.
1 pie shell
3 cups ricotta , drained if too liquid
1 cup sugar
juice of one orange
rind of one orange
1 Tbsp orange liquer
Dark chocolate shavings ( for decoration)
1/4 cup chopped pistacchios
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Meanwhile, in a food processor, mix the ricotta cheese with the sugar and the orange juice, the rind and the liqueur. Mix smooth ( about 2 minutes). Add the egg and continue to mix till uniform.
Pour mixture into pie shell and bake for 55 to 60 minutes (depending on your oven) till the top has a shiny sheen, and the consistency of cooked creme brule ( it will wiggle slightly when shaken) . Let cool to room temperature or at least for 4 hours before serving, Slice the pie and top with chocolate shavings and pistachios ( if using) .ENJOY!