STRAWBERRIES WITH RICOTTA (CANNOLI) CREAM DIP,MOM’S RECIPE

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Strawberries and Cannoli Cream fever must be going around.  We were at my youngest sister’s home on Saturday and she served that beautiful picture you see above….Fresh Strawberries with a Ricotta (Cannoli) Cream dip.  Now this isn’t the only place this has shown up in the last few weeks.  About 3 weeks ago friend Michael Gottuso posted his version of Strawberries and Cannoli cream on Facebook.  He was inspired from a picture I posted of my favorite sweet treat at NYC’s Annual FESTA DI SAN GENNARO. Many of the vendors including the famous Ferrara’s of Grand St in Manhattan’s Little Italy sell delicious cups of Cannoli cream and Strawberries.  It’s a September rite for me.523336_3062854572733_1304531591_32225848_651625740_n  When Michael posted his “version” of the San Gennaro treat

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, fellow bloggerand friends Gina Martino Zarcadoolas in her FoodieWineLover blog was inspired by Michael’s version that she created her own              522819_465487016800755_202062273143232_27629574_1336257737_nversion.  (http://foodiewinelover.com/2015/04/14/strawberries-chocolate-cannoli-cream/). So you can see here the various ways this party treat can be made.  The hardest part of this recipe will be straining the ricotta. Don’t panic.

This is how recipes travel and are developed and with the internet and Social Networking things are moving even faster.  My mom made this and would fill cakes with it, fill cream puffs with it or serve it with strawberries.  Now you can too!

For about 3 dozen strawberries, find some beautiful firm aromatic berries, rinsed well and patted dry with paper towels.

4-1/2 CUPS RICOTTA CHEESE
YOU HAVE TO LINE A COLANDER WITH CHEESECLOTH, ADD THE RICOTTA, TIE IT UP SO THAT THE RICOTTA IS IN A BALL AND THEN TIE IT TO YOUR FAUCET WITH THE COLANDER UNDER IT. LET THAT DRAIN OVER NIGHT. why?  you need to remove the excess liquid. As long as it’s not over 85 degrees in your kitchen your cheese is fine.
1 CUP CONFECTIONER’S SUGAR
1 TBS REAL VANILLA EXTRACT
1 TINY DROP OF CINNAMON OIL OR 1/2 TSP GROUND CINNAMON
1/2  CUP SEMI SWEET MINI CHOCOLATE CHIPS
Directions:
Combine ricotta, sugar, and vanilla.  Beat until smooth.
Stir in chocolate chips.  THEN CHILL AGAIN FOR AT LEAST 3 HOURS BEFORE SERVING
Now you can certainly made the dip without the draining just be aware that the consistency will be more liquid than cannoli cream consistency.
So after posting my sister’s version of Mom’s Cannoli and Strawberries dip my page had lots of requests for the recipe.. Here it is..enjoy!!
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