Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cannoli Macarons!

This months Mactweets challenge is to be inspired by a favorite dessert. One of my favorite desserts: cannoli.

Oh how I love cannoli!

I really fell in love with cannoli when we lived in Montana. It was there where I was introduced to Mezzo Matto Italian Bakery. A dreamy bakery that serendipitously landed itself in Montana after the owners were hit by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.

These cannoli were, are AMAZING. We went on Saturday walks almost every week to eat them.

Every time we visit Montana this bakery is first on my list of things to do. I was heartbroken a couple months ago when we visited and the bakery was gone! The wonderful owners moved back to Louisiana. I would be lying if I didn't say that I have contemplated if we would ever take a vacation out that way. They are that good.

Anyway! Snap out of the daydream, back to macs!

I made a basic vanilla mac with this cannoli filling.

The filling is delicious. The mac is a little too sweet for it. Anyone have any ideas on making a cannoli shell inspired mac? I was a little lost on that one.

I'm excited about cannoli macs. I just need to work on the mac part and I think they'll become one of my favorites!

My mac making skills have become a little dusty! Don't let these ones fool you, they are the prettiest of the whole bunch. The other ones fell pretty gooily flat. Although were still devouring them! P.S. Here is take two! I took Lora's suggestion of a chocolate mac with this recipe by David Lebovitz.

Complete with the pistachio crumbs these are a bit more true cannoli! These are my first chocolate macs and I'm happy with how they turned out!


Jamie said...

Oh yes, please! Fabulous idea for this month's Mactweets challenge and I am so with you on cannoli flavored macs! Yum! Great idea and beautiful macs! Thanks for baking with us this month!

lora said...

oh how I love cannolis! What a great idea to fill them with cannoli cream. I love the cannolis with the chocolate shells so maybe chocolate mac shells? Anyway, great job!

candace said...

oh my! how delicious. i think you introduced me to the connoli on our Boston trip...i can't believe I spen an entire 19 years of my life without them! these macs look amazing and delicious. what a great idea.

LadyMacaron20ten said...

OMG cannoli is one of my favourite desserts, these look amazing and I bet the flavour is delish.

Bethy said...

I need these!!! They look amazing

Gigi said...

i want one! did you really find the bakery?

Deeba PAB said...

I absolutely love how inspired you are, and how inspiring these macarons are! Cannoli is right up my street & I think these are a genius idea! Thanks for bringing them to MacTweets Jenny!!

Anonymous said...

Saw your cannoli macs on the MacAttack #15 roundup. Looks like a great idea with the variety of fillings, especially the ones oozing with chocolate chips!!! Yum!

Cecilia said...

Cannoli macarons! These look just divine, what a great idea!