Ingredients: 2 cups ricotta cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup minced, crystallized ginger
1/4 cup minced, dried tart cherries
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
12 prepared cannoli shells
powdered sugar and chopped nuts to garnish
Special Equipment: Pastry Bag
Instructions: Blend the cheeses, orange zest, powdered sugar and vanilla in a food processor until smooth. Depending on the size of your food processor you may need to add half of these ingredients, process, add the remainder, and process again.
Add the ginger and cherries. Process until finely chopped and blended in with the cheeses.
Add the chocolate pieces and pulse the food processor blade until the chocolate is well incorporated. Don't over process.
Scoop the filling into a pastry bag and pipe into the cannoli shells.
Chill the cannolis for about 2 hours.
Serve with a light dusting of powdered sugar and chopped nuts sprinkled on each end.