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Cannoli Strawberries #SundaySupper

Cannoli Strawberries - the cannoli for people who love fruit and don't want to turn on the oven. | foxeslovelemons.com

If there are just a few things I’ll remember about my first trip to Boston, I hope the cannolis will be on that list forever. While exploring the city on foot, we discovered Mike’s Pastry in the North End. I’m still unsure if Bostonians actually think this place is a tradition, or consider it a tourist trap. Either way, I was entranced by the sights and smells.

Mike’s version shaped my guidelines for all future cannoli – 1.) It must have a crisp shell, 2.) It has to be filled with lightly sweetened ricotta, and 3.) Not a requirement, but if there are pistachios or mini chocolate chips dotting the ends, it’ll get bonus points in my Cannoli Hall of Fame Scrapbook (not a real thing / should be). Even though I went rogue and used strawberries instead of shells today (it’s too hot to turn on the oven and bake shells), I still met 2 out of my 3 requirements. Not too shabby.

Mike's Pastry in Boston, MA | foxeslovelemons.com

Today’s #SundaySupper is all about recipes inspired by Sara Moulton, and the event is being hosted by Isabel at Family Foodie, the founder of the #SS movement. I was excited for this theme for several reasons. Sara, the author of Everyday Family Dinners, is a fellow alumna of the University of Michigan! Watching her on some of the earliest broadcasts of the Food Network is still a memory seared into my culinary brain. She made cooking seem accessible to the home cook, but she didn’t dumb it down, and I appreciated it. She taught people how to make simple yet special meals using basic kitchen skills.

Cannoli Strawberries - the cannoli for people who love fruit and don't want to turn on the oven. | foxeslovelemons.com

I found a recipe on Sara’s website for Stuffed Strawberries inspired by cannoli, and I was sold. I recommend that you serve these immediately (or refrigerate them for just an hour if you need to), because to be honest, they get a little watery after that. Despite that drawback, I love the flavors – the tangy vanilla- and lemon-flecked ricotta plays well with the sweet strawberry, and the bit of crunch sprinkled on at the end adds a texture contrast. Its a fruity Boston-inspired sweet treat for when it’s too damn hot to turn on the oven.

Cannoli Strawberries - the cannoli for people who love fruit and don't want to turn on the oven. | foxeslovelemons.com

Cannoli Strawberries

Yield: 14 to 18 strawberries

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Chopped pistachios or mini chocolate chips, for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place ricotta in a cheesecloth-lined fine mesh strainer set over a large bowl. Place in refrigerator for one hour.
  2. Meanwhile, using a small melon baller or spoon, hollow out insides of strawberries.
  3. Stir together strained ricotta, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest. Using a pastry bag or small spoon, fill strawberries with ricotta mixture. Sprinkle with pistachios or chocolate chips, if desired. Serve immediately, if possible, or refrigerate up to 1 hour.

Adapted from Sara Moulton’s Stuffed Strawberries.

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84 Responses to “Cannoli Strawberries #SundaySupper”

  1. Cindys Recipes — July 7, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Not a problem with keeping them. Lori. They would be gone 1, 2, 3!

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — July 7th, 2013 @ 11:20 am

      Haha, thanks Cindy! I had a hard time NOT eating them while I was making them. Ok, I ate like 4.

  2. Cindys Recipes — July 7, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Not a problem with keeping them. Lori. They would be gone 1, 2, 3!

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  3. Heather @girlichef.com — July 7, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I don’t think I’d have any problem making these disappear quickly. Just sayin’. ;P

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  4. Heather @girlichef.com — July 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I don’t think I’d have any problem making these disappear quickly. Just sayin’. ;P

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  5. Jen @Juanitascocina — July 7, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I’ll take any leftovers you have. :D

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — July 7th, 2013 @ 11:21 am

      Thanks Jen. But yeah…..it’d be pretty hard to have leftovers of these :)

  6. Jen @Juanitascocina — July 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I’ll take any leftovers you have. :D

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  7. Nancy — July 7, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I’ve never had a cannoli. Insane, right?! Although I’ve never tried one, i can tell just from your post and recipe how delicious this must taste. This is a great idea, Lori, to use strawberries instead of blasting a hot oven in the summer.

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — July 7th, 2013 @ 11:23 am

      No, just wait on the cannoli until you’re in a city that does them right. Because they are so NOT worth it if they’re just so-so. I guess you have to head to Boston…or Italy. Sigh. I know it must be tough to have to do that.

  8. Nancy — July 7, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I’ve never had a cannoli. Insane, right?! Although I’ve never tried one, i can tell just from your post and recipe how delicious this must taste. This is a great idea, Lori, to use strawberries instead of blasting a hot oven in the summer.

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  9. Katie — July 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

    How perfect do these sound for a bite of dessert? I LOVE cannolis…something about the filling is oh so fab. I don’t think these would stick around in my house for long – they’d be gobbled up instantly

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — July 7th, 2013 @ 11:23 am

      Thanks Katie! And they’re strawberries, so they’re healthy, right? Right.

  10. Katie — July 7, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    How perfect do these sound for a bite of dessert? I LOVE cannolis…something about the filling is oh so fab. I don’t think these would stick around in my house for long – they’d be gobbled up instantly

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  11. Suzanne — July 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Love those berries. What a wonderful idea, no bake, or fry less carbs. Great idea. I just love Sara she is my earliest memory of food network (back when I watched it religiously) and you are so right she was amazing, I loved watching her and still do.

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — July 7th, 2013 @ 11:24 am

      Yep, me too – I think Sara is the first person I remember seeing on the Food Network. It was such a different channel back then. I also seem to remember a show with her hosting where she took calls/questions from viewers? I loved it.

  12. Suzanne — July 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Love those berries. What a wonderful idea, no bake, or fry less carbs. Great idea. I just love Sara she is my earliest memory of food network (back when I watched it religiously) and you are so right she was amazing, I loved watching her and still do.

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  13. kimchi_mom — July 7, 2013 at 11:11 am

    LOVE IT. I am not a big dessert fan, but I love a good cannoli. Maybe you could sprinkle some cannoli crumbs onto some of those and get some crunch!

    And I love the egg crate dish! Where did you get it?

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  14. kimchi_mom — July 7, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    LOVE IT. I am not a big dessert fan, but I love a good cannoli. Maybe you could sprinkle some cannoli crumbs onto some of those and get some crunch!

    And I love the egg crate dish! Where did you get it?

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  15. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 7, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Haha, thanks Cindy! I had a hard time NOT eating them while I was making them. Ok, I ate like 4.

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  16. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 7, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks Heather!

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  17. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 7, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks Jen. But yeah…..it’d be pretty hard to have leftovers of these :)

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  18. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    No, just wait on the cannoli until you’re in a city that does them right. Because they are so NOT worth it if they’re just so-so. I guess you have to head to Boston…or Italy. Sigh. I know it must be tough to have to do that.

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  19. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks Katie! And they’re strawberries, so they’re healthy, right? Right.

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  20. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 7, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Yep, me too – I think Sara is the first person I remember seeing on the Food Network. It was such a different channel back then. I also seem to remember a show with her hosting where she took calls/questions from viewers? I loved it.

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  21. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I totally thought about cannoli crumbs for crunch! Or maybe some waffle cone bits? Next time, for sure.

    I got the dish at Anthropologie a few years back. It makes me smile just about every time I open the fridge (usually full of eggs, not strawberries :))

    Looks like now they only sell a six-egg version, but I bet you could find the dozen one on Ebay or something!

    http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-kitchen/25442534.jsp

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  22. Renee Dobbs — July 7, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Years ago my husband and I would frequent this one Italian restaurant for one reason, their cannoli. This brings back such memories of our dinners there. What an awesome way to stuff strawberries and I can see what a great treat these would be.

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — July 8th, 2013 @ 7:10 am

      Yummmm…wish I had an Italian restaurant in my area that served great cannoli. Around here, you’re more likely to get a soggy shell filled with (gasp) buttercream :( hahah.

  23. Renee Dobbs — July 7, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Years ago my husband and I would frequent this one Italian restaurant for one reason, their cannoli. This brings back such memories of our dinners there. What an awesome way to stuff strawberries and I can see what a great treat these would be.

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  24. kimchi_mom — July 7, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Oh yes, waffle cone bits would be good also!

    The six-egg version is nice, but I love the one you have. BUT there are so many other pretty shiny things on the site….

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  25. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 7, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Right? I love Anthropologie – wish I could afford to outfit my whole house in their adorable things. I found out that when it was available, it was called the “Farmer’s Egg Crate”:

    http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/shopsale-dining/973774.jsp

    I would totally stalk Ebay for it if you really want one. I did find a bunch of white versions for sale:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/anthropologie-Farmers-Egg-Crate-white-ceramic-carton-tray-jewelry-holder-New-/190864203783?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c7064a007

    Turquoise is cuter, but maybe if you keep searching that on Ebay, a turquoise one will come up eventually! I’ve probably had mine about 3 years, and it’s very sturdy. I take it in and out of the fridge all the time, wash it, etc., and no chips or anything like that.

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  26. Liz — July 7, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Yup, I could make these disappear, too! Truly scrumptious!

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  27. Liz — July 7, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Yup, I could make these disappear, too! Truly scrumptious!

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  28. Debra Elliott — July 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I just love yummy strawberries… Thanks for stopping by.

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — July 8th, 2013 @ 7:10 am

      You’re welcome Debra, and thank YOU for stopping by :)

      • Debra Elliott replied: — July 29th, 2013 @ 11:50 am

        My pleasure

  29. Debra Elliott — July 7, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I just love yummy strawberries… Thanks for stopping by.

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  30. Kathia Rodriguez — July 7, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Love the healthy version of the cannoli just perfect.

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — July 8th, 2013 @ 7:11 am

      Haha yep – the strawberries make me believe it’s a health food :)

  31. Kathia Rodriguez — July 7, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Love the healthy version of the cannoli just perfect.

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  32. Alice Choi — July 7, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Love these cannoli strawberries, what a great idea!

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  33. Alice Choi — July 7, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Love these cannoli strawberries, what a great idea!

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  34. Shannon R — July 7, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    They look so perfect! Wow! Great job! I’d totally make these for my friends but I’m not sure I could keep enough not in my mouth :/

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — July 8th, 2013 @ 7:11 am

      Ummmm yeah, I will admit to eating quite a few while making them. They were impossible to resist!

  35. Shannon R — July 8, 2013 at 3:32 am

    They look so perfect! Wow! Great job! I’d totally make these for my friends but I’m not sure I could keep enough not in my mouth :/

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  36. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 8, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Yummmm…wish I had an Italian restaurant in my area that served great cannoli. Around here, you’re more likely to get a soggy shell filled with (gasp) buttercream :( hahah.

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  37. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 8, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks Liz!

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  38. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 8, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    You’re welcome Debra, and thank YOU for stopping by :)

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  39. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 8, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Haha yep – the strawberries make me believe it’s a health food :)

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  40. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 8, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks Alice!

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  41. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 8, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Ummmm yeah, I will admit to eating quite a few while making them. They were impossible to resist!

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  42. supperforasteal — July 8, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Ok, now you really have me wanting a cannoli, like really, really bad. These strawberries sound fantastic. Off to go find some dessert in this house.

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — July 9th, 2013 @ 8:21 am

      Hahaha,the perils of reading food blogs in the evening, right? Happens to me every night :)

  43. supperforasteal — July 9, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Ok, now you really have me wanting a cannoli, like really, really bad. These strawberries sound fantastic. Off to go find some dessert in this house.

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  44. Family Foodie — July 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    These are so cute! My kids love cannolis and would devour these in a second. They look amazing!

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — July 9th, 2013 @ 8:21 am

      Thanks Isabel! They certainly don’t last for long, that’s for sure!

  45. Family Foodie — July 9, 2013 at 2:06 am

    These are so cute! My kids love cannolis and would devour these in a second. They look amazing!

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  46. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Hahaha,the perils of reading food blogs in the evening, right? Happens to me every night :)

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  47. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Thanks Isabel! They certainly don’t last for long, that’s for sure!

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  48. Brooke Schweers — July 9, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Oh this is such a great idea! Strawberries are coming into season here soon so cannot wait to try this!!

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  49. Brooke Schweers — July 10, 2013 at 3:45 am

    Oh this is such a great idea! Strawberries are coming into season here soon so cannot wait to try this!!

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  50. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks Brooke, I hope you enjoy them!

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  51. The Ninja Baker — July 10, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Love, love, love Boston! So full of history and good food =) Very much appreciate your sharing the cannoli guidelines. And grateful for the best way to present these luscious strawberries =)

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — July 11th, 2013 @ 9:57 am

      I think you summed Boston up perfectly – full of history and good food! And, you can walk around the city and take it all in at the same time! Definitely one of my favorite places to visit!

  52. The Ninja Baker — July 10, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Love, love, love Boston! So full of history and good food =) Very much appreciate your sharing the cannoli guidelines. And grateful for the best way to present these luscious strawberries =)

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  53. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 11, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I think you summed Boston up perfectly – full of history and good food! And, you can walk around the city and take it all in at the same time! Definitely one of my favorite places to visit!

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  54. eurochic — July 24, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I live in Boston…and Mike’s Pastry is a treat even for us Bostonians!

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — July 24th, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

      Oh GOOD! I figured it was, because I knew it wasn’t ALL tourists in there :) I can’t wait to visit Boston again – I just loved everything about the city! My first stop will be directly back to Mike’s Pastry!

  55. eurochic — July 24, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I live in Boston…and Mike’s Pastry is a treat even for us Bostonians!

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  56. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 24, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Oh GOOD! I figured it was, because I knew it wasn’t ALL tourists in there :) I can’t wait to visit Boston again – I just loved everything about the city! My first stop will be directly back to Mike’s Pastry!

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  57. Debra Elliott — July 29, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    My pleasure

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  58. Michelle @ Taste As You Go — August 20, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    What a fantastic idea!

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  59. Michelle @ Taste As You Go — August 21, 2013 at 1:32 am

    What a fantastic idea!

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  60. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — August 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Thanks Michelle!

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  61. Marilena — September 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Have only just found your website. Baked cannoli shells??? Our family has only fried them (forever!) – is there a recipe for the baked ones on your site?? Thanks – Marilena

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — September 20th, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

      Oops, shows how little I know about making real cannolis! I thought the shells were baked, but now I realize they’re definitely fried! I do not have a recipe for baked shells, but it might be something I try out in the future!

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