Long time, no post! I need to work on my Research Methods literature review, BUT I’m so excited to say I won first place with these Chocolate Cannoli Wontons at the Friends of the Library’s Chocolate Contest! It makes up for the chocolate competition I entered a few years ago where they forgot to put out my entry…
Anyway, after signing up for the competition I was already second guessing my decision. I knew I had a lot of homework and I would have to actually go out, plus I hate losing but I also didn’t want to have to explain why I am withdrawing. So I spent last week trying to perfect a cannoli wonton and then all day Saturday preparing at least 50 wontons for the competition. It took a lot longer than I expected, and a lot of dishes too.
I have to say I had fun at the event, … free chocolate, wine, and cheese… can’t go wrong!
First Place Cannoli Wontons
- Chocolate Cannoli Filling
- 1pkg of wontons
- 1 cup Ricotta cheese
- 1 cup Confectioner sugar
- ½ cup Unsweetened cocoa
- ½ tbs Vanilla
- ½ tbs Cinnamon
- 1 tbs or desired amount Lemon zest
- 1 cup Heavy Cream
- 1 pkg Candied chocolate (almond bark; I bought mine at Walmart)
- 1 pkg Premium white chocolate; it must be a white chocolate that has cocoa butter as an ingredient. I used Lindt white Chocolate bar.
- Vegetable shortening; desired consistency
- Mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Place wontons into a mini muffin tray. Try to have the bottoms smooth.
- Bake for 8-9 minutes. You do not want them too brown.
- When finished remove from tray and allow to cool.
- Next, make the chocolate for dipping.
- Using the double boiler method, melt chocolate and add vegetable shortening to reach your desired thickness. (Not too thick)
- Remove from stove and dip the entire wonton into the chocolate. Once coated place onto aluminum foil.
- Next, in a large bowl, mix together strained Riccota cheese, confectioner sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, cinnamon and lemon zest. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, beat heavy whipping cream until stiff and peaks form.
- In two batches, fold the dry ingredients into the bowl of whipped cream. Make sure it is fully incorporated. Set aside, this is the cannoli filling.
- By this time the chocolate will have hardened it is time to pipe the chocolate wontons with the cannoli filling using a piping bag or a ziplock bag with the corner cut. Spoon the chocolate into the piping bag and then fill each wonton almost to the top. Place in fridge.
- For the finishing touches,
- Melt white chocolate and let it cool for about a minute. Fill the piping bag and drizzle over each cannoli cup.
- Place back in the fridge.
- Once slightly chilled add the mini chocolate chips.
- Store in fridge until ready to put out for serving.