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Low GI Recipe: Cannoli Cream Dip

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November 15, 2010 by Johanna Burani

Low GI Recipe: Cannoli Cream Dip

This is a healthful twist to the much-loved Sicilian dessert that surfaces on southern Italian holiday tables especially at this time of year.  It will be part of my Christmas menu this year.  For a truly exquisite treat for your palate look for the freshest ricotta and the best quality dark chocolate you can find.  And definitely opt for the orange flower water if you can find it.

Low GI Recipe: Cannoli Cream Dip
This is a healthful twist to the much-loved Sicilian dessert that surfaces on southern Italian holiday tables especially at this time of year. It will be part of my Christmas menu this year. For a truly exquisite treat for your palate look for the freshest ricotta and the best quality dark chocolate you can find. And definitely opt for the orange flower water if you can find it.
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Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Healthy Dessert
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 15 oz (2 cups) part skim ricotta
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • ¼ cup nonfat milk
  • 1 teaspoon orange flower water* or vanilla extract
  • 2 oz (1/4 cup) toasted pistachio nuts, chopped
  • 1 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • (the original flavoring used in the cannoli filling is orange flower water. This may be found in gourmet or speciality food shops)
Instructions
  1. Combine in a blender the first four ingredients (ricotta through vanilla). Blenderize 50 – 60 seconds until very smooth.
  2. Fold in the nuts and chocolate.
  3. Serve immediately or refrigerate in a covered container. Serve as a dip with freshly sliced apples or pears or biscotti.
Notes
Variations: Candied citron and orange may replace the nuts and chocolate. Instead of dipping sliced fruit into the cannoli cream, ripe pears may be halved vertically and cored; placing a mound of the cream on top.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ cup Calories: 137 Fat: 8g Saturated fat: 3g Carbohydrates: 10g Fiber: 1g Protein: 6g Cholesterol: 18mg

 

 


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Morristown, NJ, USA

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