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Cannoli

What you need: 

1 box silken tofu (organic firm)
1 container tofutti better than cream cheese
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons organic powdered sugar
1 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 good squeeze from half of a lemon
2 3/4 cups unbleached white flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 flax egg (whisk 2 tablespoons flax powder/meal with 3 tablespoons water)
2/3 cup marsala wine
1 EnerG egg substitute egg (1 1/2 teaspoon EnerG powder with 2 tablespoons water)
1 cup vegan chocolate chips

What you do: 

For this recipe, you will need cannoli forms. You can buy a pack of four for about $10 at a kitchen supply store. You will also need a pastry bag with a big tip.
Whirl tofu, "cream cheese", powdered sugar, vanilla, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a food processor or blender then put the mixture in the fridge to chill. This is your filling.
Mix flour, sugar, cinnamon, shortening, flax egg (whisk 2 tablespoons flax powder/meal with 3 tablespoons water), and wine together to make a dough. Chill in the fridge for about 1/2 hour.
While dough is chilling, mix 1 EnerG Egg Replacer egg (1 1/2 teaspoon EnerG powder with 2 tablespoons water). You will use this to stick the shells together.
Roll out dough on floured surface to about 1/8 inch think.
Cut out 4 inch circles and then roll them one way so they turn into ovals.
Roll the long side of the oval length wise around the cannoli form and brush a little EnerG egg on the edge to make it stick. (I made 4 at a time because i only have 4 cannoli forms). the ends will be flat and flayed out.
Fry in canola oil (or other neutral oil) until dark golden brown.
Drain on paper towels and carefully pull out cannoli forms so you can make more shells.
When you have made all your shells, melt 2 cups of vegan chocolate chips and using a butter knife, line each shell with chocolate. Allow a little chocolate to rim the ends.
Cool chocolate shells in fridge until chocolate is set.
Using a pastry bag with a big tip, squeeze the filling into the shells from each end.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and put back in fridge until ready to eat! They are ready to eat on the spot but the longer they chill the better as the cream filling sets up.
The only problem with this recipe is the filling and the shells do not add up. You will end up with 10 cream filled cannolis and 2-3 extra empty shells. But the shells are good buy themselves too! :)
This is my creation and it rocks!!! I know this recipe is complex, but it is worth it for a special treat! I made these for my vegan Italian husband and he freaked out. They are so close to the real thing it is scary!

Preparation Time: 
2-3 hours
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
10
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

an I bake them for a bit them roll them? Will that work? Thanks

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i haven't tried this recipe yet, but i just wanted to say that you are my hero.

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I really liked this! I didnt have cannoli forms, so i just stopped by a hardware store and got some one inch thick round wooden sticks. They worked perfectly and didnt stick or come off while frying!  ;D I noticed that the filling reminded me of a citrusy cheesecake sort of thing, and was very tasty though i would tone down the lemon zest next time. The cinnamon didnt really come through at all, so maybe cinnamon instead of lemon zest??? I dont know, but i ddo know was satisfied with these cannolis and were very tasty. I will definately make these again. I just recommend quickly pressing out the liquid from the silken tofu with paper towels to reduce the runny filling effect. Good recipe, thanks  :)>>>

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Can i just use exta energy egg replacer instead of the flax egg?? ??? ???

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I just tried this and could not get it thick enough.  What am I doing wrong?

It tastes soooo good, I just can't keep it in a form. *sad face*

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The filling just went to liquid and no amount of extra cream cheese or powdered sugar helped. It tasted good but it was no good for filling the cannolis as it just drizzled out. Maybe next time I'll try without the tofu.

Hi!

Did you use Firm silken tofu? Did you let me filling set in the fridge for a while? Maybe try to let it chill overnight next time. :-\

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So I finally found some cannoli forms just took a few stores.

I used apple juice in place of the wine, the pastry reminded me of apple turnovers without the apple filling when it was cooked. I had trouble with the pastry coming off and opening so about a third kept their form.

The filling just went to liquid and no amount of extra cream cheese or powdered sugar helped. It tasted good but it was no good for filling the cannolis as it just drizzled out. Maybe next time I'll try without the tofu.

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I have looked in every kitchen wares store and I cannot find cannoli forms.  Where do I get them or is there an alternative? ???

I bought them at a small speciality kitchen store. I would be surprised if you could not find them at William Sonoma or something like that. Here's a link for sale on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-Cannoli-Forms-4-pk/dp/B0006HQ4AC

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I have looked in every kitchen wares store and I cannot find cannoli forms.  Where do I get them or is there an alternative? ???

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I enjoyed this recipe as well!  The shells by themselves were a tasty treat, too!!  ha ha 

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