In fact, he gave me permission to share his cannoli recipe! His mama gets the credit...she’s from Sicily. I haven’t tried to make them yet. Maybe when Josie’s wedding’s over and Nell’s murderer is found.
I’m not sure what to try next at Farina’s. Any suggestions? What’s your favorite Italian pastry?
Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add 2 tablespoons shortening and blend in with your fingertips until combined. Add Marsala and yolk and stir until a dough forms.
Beat together ricotta, confectioner's sugar and cinnamon in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed 1 minute (do not overbeat). Fold in chocolate chips until combined and chill.
Set smooth rollers of pasta maker at widest setting. Unwrap dough and cut in half, then lightly flour one piece (keep remaining half covered with plastic wrap). Flatten floured dough into an oval and feed through rollers. Turn dial down 2 notches and feed dough through rollers again. Continue to feed dough through rollers, making space between rollers narrower by 2 notches each time, until narrowest setting is used.
Spoon filling into pastry bag and pipe some into one end of a cannoli shell, filling shell halfway, then pipe into other end. Repeat with remaining shells. Garnish with chopped pistachios and confectioner’s sugar.