You what the best kind of stuff is? FREE stuff! After months of patiently waiting I got my FREE breast cancer baking set from Proctor & Gamble. So get this, I bought $25 in P&G products…that we use anyway…sent in my receipt with the request form and brown boxed filled with all these goodies showed up! Score!!
Okay, I’m better now. I had to tell someone who could appreciate the awesomeness of this haul before I exploded. Now, dessert! If I’ve never told you, I think cupcakes are little rays of sunshine in our world. Cupcakes are why I’m so excited that I was able to guest post for Kim of Cups by Kim! I love her blog. Kim always has such great cupcakes and savory cup recipes. This is why we are bloggy friends. We both love food! Since Kim was gracious enough to have me on her blog, I figured dessert was in order. Dessert makes me happy. And happy people are fun to be around!
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons shortening
- 1 egg beaten well
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 16 ounces ricotta cheese
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips divided
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
Stir together flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Cut shortening in with a fork until the pieces are the size of small peas. Stir in eggs. Blend in the vinegar and water. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
Add additional flour, if needed, to get a smooth dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes.
Roll out dough to 1/8″ thickness. Cut out 3″ circles from the dough. Re-roll and cut the dough as needed - you want a total of 10 circles for 4 parfaits.
Heat oil on medium-high heat in a large saute pan. Fry dough circles until light golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes, turning once. Remove cooked circles to a paper towel to drain. Cool circles completely.
Stir together ricotta, powdered sugar, and vanilla until well combined.
Stir in half the chocolate chips, be careful not to over mix.
Whip heavy cream to stiff peaks, fold into filling mixture.
Chill filling for 30 minutes.
Break up one cannoli shell circle in the bottom of each of four parfait cups. Top shell with two heaping spoonfuls of cannoli cream. Sprinkle with a few chocolate chips. Repeat layers once more ending with chocolate chips.
Break the two remaining cannoli shell circles in half. Place on half, broken side down, into the top of each parfait.