Cannoli Pancakes are a classic Sicilian ricotta filed tubular-shaped pastry treat.


For the filling 

  • 250g ricotta 
  • 100ml whipped cream 
  • 4 tbsp. Siucra icing sugar 
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tbsp. Marsala (or sherry)
  • 2 lemons, zest only 
  • 2 tbsp. candied lemon peel
  • 80g dark chocolate, chopped

For the pancakes

  • 180g plain flour 
  • ¼ tsp salt 
  • 2 tbsp. Siucra caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 250ml milk
  • 2 to 3 tbsp water, if the batter is too thick


  • Butter & sunflower oil, for frying
  • Icing sugar, to dust 
  • Melted chocolate, to decorate


To prepare the filling

  1. Whisk together the ricotta, cream, and Icing Sugar. Add the ground cinnamon, vanilla bean paste, Marsala and lemon zest.
  2. Lightly fold in the candied lemon peel and chopped chocolate. Spoon into a piping bag without a nozzle and place in the fridge until the pancakes are ready to be assembled.

To make the pancakes

  1. Place the flour, salt, and Caster Sugar into a bowl. 
  2. Whisk the egg and milk together in a jug and then pour it into the flour mix until a thin batter forms. 
  3. Pour this back into the jug as it will be easier to pour into the frying pan and leave the batter to settle for 10 minutes. 
  4. To cook the pancakes, heat the frying pan and add a little butter and oil. Pour some batter into the hot pan and swirl it around to form a circle. The pancakes should be small to represent the size of a cannoli (8-10cm) so choose a small frying pan.
  5. Cook for about 1½ minutes until golden and then flip or lift over and cook for about another ½ minute.  
  6. Place on a clean plate continuing to make all the batter. 
  7. Place sheets of parchment paper in between the pancakes to prevent them from sticking and allow to cool.

To serve

  1. Pipe the filling lengthways in the cooled pancakes and roll up, place the cannoli pancakes on a serving platter, dust with icing sugar and spoon over melted chocolate.  
  2. Serve immediately and enjoy!


Recipe courtesy of Siucra