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I needed a cool summer sweet for a party that could be handed around at a bbq, something light and fruity was what I had in mind. Came up with this recipe which included beautiful ripe apricots and strawberries with a sprinkle of dark chocolate chips to add that extra zing.
Wash and dry strawberries and apricots then finely chop.
Put strawberries and apricots into a bowl with 1/4 cup of icing sugar and mix well.
In another bowl, combine the mascarpone, ricotta, cream and orange zest and 1/4 cup of icing sugar and stir well.
Stir in pistachios or toasted almonds and fold into the mixture so it is all well combined.
The mixture can then be placed into a piping bag to fill the cannoli shells.
Dust the cannolis with icing sugar and sprinkle with the pistachios or almonds.
Any fruit in season could be used, although be careful you do not have too much liquid.
I found that the best cannoli shells are the ones you purchase at the bakery or deli..much cheaper..too much hassle in making them yourself!
A splash of Cointreau or Grand Marnier can be added to the cream mixture for a more adult taste!
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