cannoli ice cream

I bet you are wondering where I'm going to go with this.


If you are on Facebook you already know about Top 5 but for those of you that haven't joined Facebook there is an application that you can make Top 5 lists. You can do everything from Your Top 5 candies, Your Top 5 Books, Your Top 5 Chefs You Would Love To Cook For You... you get the point. While I do not know who my Top 5 People I'd Love To Be Stranded On An Deserted Island With, I do know Rich's.

Let me introduce you to his Top 5... (in no particular order)

1. Selma Hayek
2. Ashley Judd
3. Catherine Zeta-Jones
4. Lidia Bastianich
5. Donna Brazile

Now I'm sure you're thinking something along the line of, "He has 3 pieces of eye candy and one person to cook for him and someone to discuss politics." Yeah, well you would be wrong. He loves all these women equally. When Lidia comes on TV his voice lowers down a notch and he says, "My girl is on TV." in an almost sexy whisper. And trust "My girl" is not sexist at all, it is almost like he is saying a prayer. I gotta hand it to my husband, he doesn't find the typical beach blonde sexy a la Pam Anderson. You better bring something else to the table other than big boobs.

This ice cream was inspired by watching Lidia make cannoli in Sicily. Lidia's cannoli was ricotta cheese blended with confectioners sugar studded with candied orange and mini chocolate chips. Well, we all know how I feel about ricotta cheese so I made up a recipe. (There are other cannoli ice cream recipes with ricotta go ahead and make it but I won't eat it. I won't, I won't, I won't!)

cannoli ice cream: makes about 1 quart

3 cups of heavy cream
A pinch of salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean
6 egg yolks
zest of one orange
a few drops of vanilla extract
mini chocolate chips (use your own judgement)
cannoli shells

Warm 2 cups of cream, salt, and sugar in a saucepan. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds into the milk with the tip of a paring knife. Add the bean pod to the cream. Remove from heat, add orange zest and cover. Let steep at room temp. for 30 minutes.

Pour the remaining one cup of cream into a large bowl and set mesh strainer on top. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm steeped mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heat-resistant spatula until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula. Strain the custard into the heavy cream. Rinse the vanilla bean and put it back into the custard and cream to continue steeping. Chill thoroughly, then remove the vanilla bean and freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions. Add mini chocolate chips at the very end of churning your ice cream.

To serve: Make sure the ice cream is somewhat soft and gently spoon into cannoli shells. If you want... place some chocolate sauce on the bottom of the plate, artistically of course, then place ice cream filled cannoli atop the chocolate sauce. Top with whipped cream and extra mini chocolate chips.

Tasting Notes: Make this to impress. It does have a orange flavor to it so if you are not partial to orange you might want to leave it out.


Kristin @ Going Country said...

Selma Hayek is on my husband's List, too. I can understand that one, but Lidia? She creeps me out.

SaintTigerlily said...

Ok - so I'm at Del Posto with my food and Lydia loving boss and two food-clueless colleagues. My boss is ordering wine and so doesn't see when Lydia HERSELF comes over to our table and asks how everything is this evening, the two colleagues mutter that everything is lovely while I stare at her as she walks away. I love that she is still coming up to tables and checking on folks. How cool is that?

the yummy mummy said...

Tigerlily -

You didn't grab her by the arm and say, "OMG! I love you when you do that thing with the farfalle and the olives...you are a kitchen Goddess!" And then, like beg her to sign your cocktail napkin or something? Why? Why? I would've loved that!

And as for you, ECM - who the hell needs ricotta when you have this? Well done! Scrumptious!I want to come live with you...please?


Hillary said...

This looks so good! Very creative idea. :)

grace said...

fascinating selections indeed. i truly don't think i could narrow it down to just five men, but perhaps i'll give it a try. something also worth trying is this fabulous ice cream--great idea and execution!

Melissa said...

What a 5. Nice job on Rich.

(My 5 are more for teh sex... yes, I just said 'teh': Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, Ewan McGregor, and... I give up)

You know me and sweets, but I can enjoy a good cannoli. This looks ME worthy ha!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Great cannolis. My husband would agree with yours and doesn't like the Pamela Anderson type either.

Snooty Primadona said...

I asked Mr. Snoots who he'd want to be stranded on an island with and bless his heart, he has learned a few things after 31 yrs of marriage. He answered "No one but you, baby".

Good Answer!

And the canoli looks Tres Chic on your Fiestaware plate.

Anonymous said...

hey it's stacey
bill can't shutup about kate beckinsale (i think that's how she spells it)
anyway, he has a request... since you are on this ice cream kick, he wants to know if you could make his favorite ice cream as a kid. it was vanilla with pieces of mothers taffy sandwich cookies in it...

White on Rice Couple said...

For my top 5....
I'm goin' Mr Snoots way and saying no one but Diane. (I know she'll be reading this) Gotta know the right time to be in trouble! As for the cannoli ice cream...
Stunningly beautiful! It believe this falls under the "Make this or I will cause bodily harm" rating!

katie said...

I love cannoli, this ice cream sounds great. Maybe a few chopped pistachios and a maraschino cherry as well!

Love the rating system, I always try to be realistic in rating my own recipes. Some are super winners and some are decent. I try not to waste anybody's time with stuff I wouldn't make agin.

Laurie said...

Awesome cannoli! Wish I could have that right now.

Your husband's list both intrigued me and cracked me up. You are a lucky woman!

Sharon said...

Not bad picks though I wouldn't allow my husband to be alone anywhere with Ashley Judd!

The cannoli looks beyond fantastic!

Nurit "1 family. friendly. food." said...

yeah, but still, 3 out of 5 with low to very deep cleavage... Judd looks like she's a bit cold.

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Amy said...

Pamela Anderson. Pfft. I don't trust anyone who thinks she's sexy.

My 5? George Clooney, Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Daniel Tosh, Ryan Reynolds...not necessarily in that order.