What is Cannoli Shells?
Cannoli shells are used in making the Sicilian dessert called cannoli. These shells are made from a sweet dough flavored with marsala wine and cinnamon. Depending on the recipe, other flavors may be added in addition to these two. The dough is rolled very thinly and wrapped around a thin cylinder to create a tube. The dough and tube are then deep fried in oil and once cooked, the now tube shaped dough is removed from the cylinder creating a crunchy, lightly browned, sweet tube, which will then be filled with cannoli cream.
What does Cannoli Shells Taste Like?
...Sweet is one of the five main tastes. It has smooth and round notes in its flavor profile. Sweet is a naturally occurring flavor in many foods, including fruits, berries, winter squashes, sugarcane, and honey. The sweet taste in these foods is due to a higher sugar content. Sweetness is characteristic of desserts and is used as an accent in savory foods.
...All purpose flour comes from wheat and though wheat is cultivated all around the world today, it was first cultivated in Turkey 10,000 years ago. All purpose flour is white in color and has a soft texture. This incredibly versatile flour is used in everything from breads, cakes, pastries, crackers, pasta, sauces and much more because of its pleasing and mild flavor that is slightly nutty and buttery. The gluten protein is what helps hold together breads and other products, part of what makes all purpose wheat flour so popular.
...Powdered sugar, also called confectioners sugar is made by grinding the sugar granules until they are powdered. They are then mixed with a small amount of cornstarch to prevent clumping. The sugar is white, powdery and looks a lot like a powdered starch. It tastes sweet and starchy. Powdered sugar is used in baked goods and on baked goods, as well as in icings.
...Ground cinnamon is a fine aromatic powder made from the bark of the cinnamon tree, also known as cassia; another variety. The bark is peeled from the tree, dried and ground into the warm brown powder that is known as cinnamon. The flavor is spicy, warm and sweet and savory at the same time. It is extremely popular in many cuisines and common in American desserts.
...Salt is a mineral composed mostly of sodium chloride. It is the main flavoring used in food and is naturally occurring in certain foods, such as cheese, beets, meat and celery, plus many others. Salt is white and has finer granules than sugar. Many commercial salts include iodide, while others exclude it. Most salts are white, while some are naturally pale pink with minerals. Salt brings out the flavor of something and can create a tangy mouthfeel, if used in excess.
...Butter is made from churned cream, usually from a cow. It has a cream color and a texture that is smooth and melts easily. The flavor is mild and creamy. Butter is often sold in square sticks, or as a flat or round block. It is delicious on bread. It pairs better in baked goods than salted butter, due to its more neutral taste. It also makes an excellent cooking fat.
...Eggs are an incredibly versatile protein and binder. Most eggs used in cooking come from hens and are usually unfertilized. Eggs are oval shaped and roughly 53 mm in length and 40 mm in width. Eggs have a hard, but thin and delicate shell that is brown or white and occasionally green. Inside is the clear and glossy white, with a slimy texture and in the center is the yellow opaque, round shaped yolk. Once cooked, the whites become opaque. Eggs can be scrambled, fried, boiled, and more. They are used in desserts and baked goods as a binder. Egg is also used as a wash to glaze items or dip meat into before breading it. The flavor is mild and sulfurous. It has many uses.
...Marsala is a type of fortified wine used mainly in cooking. Dry marsala is used in savory dishes and sweet marsala is used in making desserts. Marsala is a dark red color with flavors of vanilla, apricot, tobacco and brown sugar. Marsala varies in color from gold, amber and ruby. Gold being the driest and ruby being the sweetest. Marsala adds a rich depth of flavor to any dish that it is added to.
...When egg whites are uncooked they have a slimy texture and are clear and translucent. The egg white surrounds the yolk of the egg, this is surrounded by a fragile, yet hard egg shell. Egg whites have almost no smell. When the white is raw it can be cooked, incorporated into batter and dough, or whipped into white peaks used for meringue. Sometimes egg whites are used in drinks.
...Canola oil is a popular and readily available oil in America, due to its inexpensive price and neutral flavor. Canola oil comes from the rapeseed plant, the oil is pressed from the seeds and has a yellow color. It is a thin oil that is best for medium high heat, such as sautéing, though is commonly used for deep frying. Canola can be found in baked good, salad dressings, and a vast variety of food products.