Holy Cannoli! Vegan Cannoli!

Holy Cannoli! Vegan Cannoli!

It had to be done. Veganizing cannoli. I had a recipe from The Vegetarian Site in my task box since January. In light of my sister, a long-time cannoli queen, and my Pop’s July birthdays, I would finally give it a go. After great success in veganizing Rainbow cookies for father’s day, this would be another step in a continual quest to veganize all my family’s favorite snacks.

Being a Sicilian gal it is odd that I never took more than one bite of a cannolo in my lifetime. Cheese-based pastries always “grossed me out the door”, to borrow an old family quote. Cheese danishes, cheese cake, cannoli: no way, no thanks and ehh, no. Of course, I was a food coward in my youth who had no desire to broaden her horizons. But now, making vegan cannoli from scratch sipping on a Moscow Mule with my sous chef FoodSparrow, I was excited to give ’em a taste.

This recipe was indeed a process! I needed to spend a good amount of time retrieving ingredients and supplies. A stop to New York Cake would reward me with my cannoli forms, which are simply long narrow steel cylinders. I also had to shell out big bucks for a quality coconut butter, roaming the aisles with a helpful employee to locate the mysterious product. Artisana raw coconut butter. Mmm.
The filling:
1 cup raw cashews
2/3 cup water
1/2 block of extra firm tofu
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. almond extract
1-2 tsp. rum
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. arrowroot
2 tbsp. coconut butter
8-10 dates
1/2 cup agave syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
In a food processor, grind cashews until very fine, and add the water. Blend until smooth. Then add the remainder of filling ingredients and blend until smooth.

The shells:
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon stevia
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2-1 cup water
2 tablespoons coconut oil

Combine all ingredients. Add water and coconut oil last. Knead into a smooth ball. Roll out the dough until it is about 1/8 of an inch thick. Cut into 3.5″ by 3.5″ squares. Place a square diagonally on a cannoli mold. Wrap the dough loosely around the mold, sealing with a bit of water. Deep fry the dough in a big pool of oil for about 2 minutes. Carefully slide the form of the mold and drain on paper towels. Repeat! Tip: Try not to make these shells in advance. They loose their crisp and flaky texture when sitting around for awhile.

 

When they are totally cool, fill ’em up! I used a pastry bag to pipe in the filling and then piped in some left over chocolate buttercream icing. Decorate them as you wish!
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Special thanks to FoodSparrow who took many of the above pictures. View her food porn and assorted goodies here.