How Do I Thicken Cannoli Filling?

By Kal Kastellan

Cannoli filling is an Italian dessert cream traditionally made with ricotta cheese, heavy cream and sugar. It should be stiff enough to be piped or spooned into cannoli shells. If it is too runny, there are different ways of thickening it depending on how soon it is required.

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The joy of eating a cream-filled cannoli shell depends on the cream's consistency.

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How to Thicken Cannoli Filling with Ricotta Cheese

Step 1

Place the ricotta cheese in a cheesecloth and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.

Step 2

Add the squeezed ricotta cheese to the runny cannoli filling.

Step 3

Add some superfine sugar to taste. The cannoli filling should now be less runny and easier to spoon into the cannoli shells.

How to Thicken Cannoli Filling with Powdered Almonds

Step 4

Blend a small amount of finely powdered almonds into the runny cannoli filling.

Step 5

Add more powdered almonds until the filling is of the consistency required.

Step 6

Add superfine sugar to taste. The filling will now be stiffer and can be used immediately.

How to Thicken Cannoli Filling with Dessicated Coconut

Step 7

Add a small amount of dessicated coconut to the cannoli mixture.

Step 8

Add more dessicated coconut until the filling is stiff enough to be spooned into the cannoli shells.

Step 9

Check to see if filling is sweet enough for your taste. If the dessicated coconut is already sweet, you may not require to add any more sugar.

How to Thicken Cannoli Filling with Gelatin

Step 10

Prepare the gelatin as directed by the instructions on its package.

Step 11

Blend the liquid gelatin into the cannoli filling.

Step 12

Place the cannoli filling in the refrigerator to set. When it is ready, spoon the filling into the cannoli shells and serve immediately.