Cannolis are a traditional Italian dessert that is popular all over the world.
The cannoli originated in Sicily and then spread throughout Italy, becoming particularly popular in Naples, called a cannolo.
As time went by, this sweet treat became very popular, especially in the United States, where there are now many variations of this tasty treat.
The cannoli is made from a tube of pasta called cannolo tubes stuffed with pastry cream, chocolate chips, or fruit and then dipped in some hard sugar icing.
The cannolis shell shape has also been turned into wafer shells in other varieties.
Can you freeze cannolis? Yes, and they are delicious.
Cannolis are a popular dessert at parties or gatherings, and companies often have them on their menus when they cater for conferences or other events.
In this article, we will cover how to make cannolis, freeze them, and then serve them.
How to Make Cannolis?
Cannolis can be made in several ways.
As the name suggests, Cannolo dough is used to make a cannolo shell that can then be filled with various fillings and toppings.
Cannoli dough is made from flour, butter, margarine, and liqueur such as rum or Marsala.
Cannoli tubes are a tube of fried pastry dough that resembles a tea bag shape, and the cannolis shells can be dipped in melted chocolate, or they can be served with ice cream on top.
Another way of making cannolis is to make the dough from scratch.
You can choose any recipe for the quick dough, wholewheat pastry, or brioche dough and roll it into a sheet of around 10 mm thickness.
In the same way that you would for ravioli, cut out circles using a pastry cutter in various sizes.
Then you can top the dough with your favorite filling, which can be anything from chocolate chips to fruit.
You can also use ricotta cheese and various other delicious fillings that will elevate this dessert to another level.
After filling all the cannoli tubes, you need to fry them in hot oil until they are golden brown before serving.
Does Freezing Affect Cannolis?
Yes, cannolis can be frozen but try to store them in the refrigerator and eat within a week.
Cannoli is best served cold.
Freezing will not affect the taste of any fillings or toppings, but it may result in soggy cannoli tubes, which are easily broken during freezing.
Freezing will also cause the shell to be stiff and crispy.
Luckily, they are not difficult to rehydrate and can be eaten as is.
It will also cause some chocolate chips to melt slightly, which may affect the texture of the cannoli a bit, but again, this should not be too big of an issue.
However, if you want perfect cannolis that tastes delicious every time, you may want to avoid freezing them.
Cannoli tubes can be frozen for up to three months, while the shell on its own can be frozen for around two weeks before it loses its crisp texture.
Filling cannolis shells should only be done right before serving because, after a couple of minutes, the shell will become soggy, compress and even break.
How to Freeze Cannolis?
As mentioned, cannolis can be frozen, but they do need to be stored in the refrigerator.
Here’s how to freeze cannolis:
- Chill the cannolis in the refrigerator for at least an hour before freezing them. This will make it easier to fill and freeze them without breaking the tubes or making a mess of your freezer.
- Place them in an air-tight container that is pre-frozen. Pack them in tightly but make sure you don’t squash the tubes because this will cause them to break.
- Frozen cannolis should be stored in the freezer for no more than three months.
- Label the container, so you know exactly what is in the cannolis and when it was made.
- Use frozen cannolis within three months because they will become mushy if stored for too long.
How to Thaw Frozen Cannolis?
Cannolis can be frozen for up to three months, and they will maintain their crispness after thawing.
Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight.
This will keep them fresh for longer because then there is no sudden change in temperature like what happens when you take a frozen item out of the freezer, which causes ice crystals to form.
Alternatively, you can thaw the container in cold water, which is the fastest method.
Make sure to change the water every 20 minutes until the cannolis are thawed.
Once thawed, be sure to eat your cannolis straight away.
You can add some melted chocolate (180 cocoa or higher) to keep them moist, but the taste will not be as good.
Do not refreeze cannolis even if you have just taken them out of the freezer to thaw.
How to Tell if Cannolis are Bad?
Cannolis can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days after thawing them.
Make sure they are stored properly, and you should have no problem with storing them this long.
If you are concerned about the cannolis being spoiled, you can test to see if they have gone bad.
Some common signs of spoilage include mold, discoloration, or changes in texture, which is an indication that it has been stored for too long and may not taste very good.
Remember, though, this is a delicate dessert, so it may become soft when freezing and thawing.
The easiest way to tell if your cannolis are bad is to smell them.
If they don’t smell great, then they probably haven’t been stored properly or have gone off, which means it’s best just to throw them away.
If you notice any mold, discoloration, or changes in texture, then the cannoli is bad.
It’s best to throw them away because they will probably not taste very good and may contain bacteria that can make you and your family sick if consumed.
In conclusion, cannolis are delicious, and most people enjoy them fresh.
However, if you ever want to make cannolis for many people or save some for later, then freezing is an option.
Just make sure you keep them stored properly and avoid freezing them for too long.
To test to see if they have gone bad or not, just smell and look at them.
If you notice any mold, discoloration, or changes in texture, then the cannoli is no longer good to eat and should be thrown away.