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Cannoli Stuffed French Toast

by Tickled Red on January 22, 2011 · 29 comments

I don’t know about y’all but here in the south Sunday Brunch is huge. Whether it is the anticipation of sweet and savory delights after church, a lovely gathering of friends across a well set table or the weekend ritual of cooking favorite family recipes on a slow lazy morning, Sunday Brunch is a beloved tradition. From casual to all decked out, we adore it. Here on the coast some of our area restaurants bring in local musicians and break out menus devoted strictly to brunch with decadent treats that keep you surprised and enticed for more.

What better way to kick off 2011 (slightly belated) than with a new recipe section devoted to all dishes brunch worthy and over the top. Sunday Brunch will be a little corner in which I can share with you all some of my crazy “Go Big or Go Home” recipes, a few beloved recipes that I have been dying to try for years from my ever growing cookbook collection and possibly some recipes that y’all deem worthy to suggest.  Simply put, it’s just more food fun to be had by all. This has been a nibbling idea for some time now but until this little concoction popped into my brain the other day I was torn over which recipe to start with. Thank goodness for light bulb moments.

Let’s start with the obvious, I’m addicted to cannolis. Over the moon in love with them and I’m impatient, that’s how this dream child came about. I woke up last Sunday morning with a craving for sweet cannolis but with little desire to make the shells. Then voila! I could make the filling, which is super duper easy, grab a loaf of thick pancetta bread and stuff it. You guys know how I like to stuff and marry together oddities.

First things first, prep work.

Slice the bread into nice thick slices approx. 1 1/2 to 2 inches depending on your preference, I went with 2 inches. Then you will need to make a nice even cut across the top, almost as if you were trying to make two slices out of the one but cut just shy of half way down.

Then form a pocket inside each slice of bread by gently pushing down the soft insides. The more space inside your slice of bread means more yummy filling for you. Gotta love it!

Next make the delicious, eat with a spoon all day long, cannoli filling. All you will need is ricotta cheese, confectioners sugar, vanilla and of course chocolate chips. Combine the ricotta, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until well combined.

Then toss in the chocolate chips. Make sure that you have a least 15 chips per spoonful once you’ve finished stirring the filling. Nah, I’m just teasing but wouldn’t that be grand?!

Take each slice of bread and stuff away y’all. Like any good cannoli they will need to chill for a bit. Approx. 20 minutes, long enough for you to enjoy the serenity of a quite house over a cup of coffee while you wait for everyone else to wake up.

You could also use a portion of that time to prep your egg batter. For this recipe I went with something a little less traditional. I mixed together equal parts cocoa powder and confectioners sugar with a hint of cinnamon.

Add the cocoa sugar mix to the milk along with two eggs and whisked well.

Coat each stuffed bread slice in the chocolatey egg batter for approx. 30 seconds.

Place each slice directly into a well buttered hot skillet to bubble and sizzle with love. Cook on each side for no more than 3 minutes or until golden brown. The aroma of chocolate and cinnamon caramelizing will definitely wake up those stragglers lounging in bed.

Plate and serve as is, with a decadent sweet filling and a chocolate caramelized coating you really don’t need anything extra with this bad boy but then again…

It totally rocks when you go all crazy on it with powdered sugar and chocolate syrup.

Now that is was I call “lickable”! Can you see the grin here y’all? Oh yeah cat-canary-EATEN.

I hope that you guys enjoy giving this recipe a try for brunch or breakfast sometime soon. As always tweak it, play with it, make it your own…then come back and tell me all about it.

Love you bunches!

Tickled Red, Two Thrilled Monkeys and a Totally Stoked Surfer



Cannoli Stuffed French ToastMakes Approx. 10-12 slices

Prep Time-Approx. 30 minutes (includes chilling)

Cook Time: Approx: 36 minutes

2 loaves of pancetta or country bread unsliced

2-16 ounce containers ricotta cheese

1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1-12 ounce bag chocolate morsels

2 eggs

1/2 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

1 teaspoon confectioners sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

4-6 teaspoons unsalted butter

Slice the bread into nice thick slices approx. 1 1/2 to 2 inches. Make a nice even cut across the top, almost as if you were trying to make two slices out of the one but cut just shy of half way down. Form a pocket inside each slice of bread by gently pushing down the soft insides.

For the filling, combine the ricotta, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until well combined. Then toss in the chocolate chips.

Using a tablespoon stuff each slice of bread, store in an air tight container and place in the refrigerator to chill for approx. 20 minutes. *Another option would be to make the filling first, chill in a covered mixing bowl & then stuff the bread. Either way works well*

Combine in a small bowl cocoa powder, confectioners sugar and cinnamon. In a medium size mixing bowl, add the cocoa sugar mix to the milk, two eggs and whisk together well.

Coat each stuffed bread slice in the chocolate infused egg batter for approx. 30 seconds

Place each slice directly into a well buttered hot skillet. Cook on each side for no more than 3 minutes or until golden brown.

Plate and serve as is along with fresh fruit or top with powdered sugar and chocolate syrup for some added fun.





Cookin' Canuck January 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Wow, Shari! What a treat this would be on a weekend morning. I hope you’re having a wonderful visit with your mum and sister.

justcooknyc January 22, 2011 at 11:54 pm

holy cow, this thing is insane!

The Art of Doing Stuff January 23, 2011 at 12:16 am

Wow. WOW WOW! Holy COW WOW. LOOK I’m the 2nd person to say HOLY COW. That *means* something. That’s … a sign! If I ever manage to wake up before my fella on the weekend I’ll make it for him! (what this really means is I’ll print this whole thing out, leave it on the counter and pray he does the right thing by the time I wake up) ~ karen!

Denise @ Creative Kitchen January 23, 2011 at 1:12 am

You had me at “cannoli filling.” Wow…….can’t wait to get my hands on some ricotta cheese. These look divine!!! Off in search of something to tide me over……

Souffle Bombay (Colleen) January 23, 2011 at 9:01 am

OMGosh does this looks amazing – never saw anything like it!
Hope you had a fun visit w/ your family! AND that they were lucky enough to get some of this!!!

SMITH BITES January 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

good golly miss molly – that is pure heaven on a plate Red!! i bet the men-folk in your house are singin’ your praises after this one!!!

Amy at TheSceneFromMe January 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

Holy Smokes Batman!!! This recipe looks incredible, absolutely genious idea!
Can I come over for brunch right now?
I need this. It’s not a want, it’s a need!

Miss January 23, 2011 at 11:03 am

This is my kind of brunch, amazing!

My Modern Country January 23, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Oh my-this looks and sounds fabulous!

p.s. baby goats have arrived and I just posted some pics :)

Mandy - The Complete Cook Book January 23, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Oh boy! What a decadent French toast!
:-) Mandy

Susan January 24, 2011 at 10:18 am

That looks scrumptious! I think I have to try it. Thanks!

Michelle January 24, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Good Lord Woman! That just made my mouth water. I love cannoli’s too…

And um…I have to tell you what I saw when my brain quickly went over this:

marry together oddities.

“Well! That’s a strange way to say you married an oddball!


marla January 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I think I am speechless – OMG this stuffed cannoli bread is sinfully amazing. Could you imagine waking up to this all ready prepared?? oh my :) xo

Sue January 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm

This looks CRAZY delicious! LOVE it!

Shal January 28, 2011 at 3:52 am

Hi Red Shari!
Long time no stop by – but I LOVE the new site. This recipe looks INSANE – I must do it!! Though seriously, I may have a heart attack, fall into a diabetic coma, or at very least be whizzing around on that crazy sugar high for hours. Looks fun :D
Hope you are well, Kung Hei Fat Choi and Happy New Year of the Rabbit :)

bridget {bake at 350} January 28, 2011 at 10:51 am

Wow….wow, wow, wow, wow, wow.

Um, WOW.

Lori @ RecipeGirl February 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Whoa- now THIS is breakfast!

Bren February 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I just about fainted. I made some choco/strawberries one last week and I loooved them. I need to make them again for the blog! Smooches.

Meredith February 20, 2011 at 10:03 am

Oh well this is just all kinds of “slap your mama” sinful! Yum!

Amy Schmucker February 26, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Tomorrow my post will be up of my version of cannoli stuffed French toast. I gave all credit to you with a link to see your blog, your recipe and then my tweaks. I added chocolate orange liqueur to the mix. I made a cream cheese icing to bathe them in. I added a pinch of cinnamon in the mix. I chopped up Dove chocolate.

Hope you pop over tomorrow morning to read and see my results. thanks for sharing this awesome recipe.

Amy in Florida

Paula - bell'alimento April 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I’ll be there in time for brunch this Sunday… SWooN

Chef Dennis April 6, 2011 at 6:59 pm

wow….cannoli stuffed french toast, how incredibly decadent!! Just plate me up one and watch the sparks fly from my silverware….lol….that’t if I even bother with silver!

Kate@Diethood April 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I can’t decide which is more delicious – the photos or the toast!! Looks and sounds incredible!

Barbara | Creative Culinary June 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm

How did I miss this before now…oh my RED! Sounds terrific and your pics are wonderful. xoxo Barb

Claudia Lamascolo June 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I made this style a few years ago and forgot how good it is, I have to say mine never looked this good…. I love your instructions… found this from Bellimento great job it looks fabulous my dear!

Kelly @ Free Spirit Food December 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Wow, this looks like a dream! Can’t wait to try!

Lauren January 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Mmmmmmm…this looks amazing!!!! Am going to have to try this one this weekend!

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