Cannoli, famous in all the world. They are a dessert. A a pastry. But did you know that cannoli are distinctly Sicilian? A dessert tradition born on the Island of Sicily. Many people do not realize that the cannolo is Sicilian, with origins deep in Sicily's history.
But let's think about the modern day cannolo. What makes a Sicilian cannolo, today, different from the cannoli found in other cities in the world?
The ricotta cheese must be made from sheep's milk. Never cow. Usually, with mini chocolate chips mixed in.
The shell is made with flour, wine, sugar, and fried in animal lard. Sorry vegetarians! Although, many of our friends in Palermo do prefer to use oil.
Canding fruit is a Sicilian art form. There is nothing better than real candied fruit. In Palermo you usually find a delicious slice of orange peel.