My husband calls these pastries ‘Granolly’ and was completely unaware of the existence of this classic Sicilian dessert until he met my family. The rest, as they say, is history.
I can often find perfectly packaged Bellino brand mini cannoli shells at our local Italian store that only contain 1 tiny sugar gram each – and I fill the small crisp pre-cooked pastry tubes rather than pipe the cream into a dish. Fill these little sugar free gems just before you serve them so that the shells remain crisp.
Otherwise the cannoli cream is delicious served in a small dish with a bit of shaved chocolate.
There is a pure Sicilian extract called Fiori de Sicilia, sold by King Arthur Flour that is a very distinct orange floral flavor that you will recognize as the flavor of panettone or cannoli... just a drop though as it is very concentrated. If you are Italian or Sicilian, this tiny bottle is worth its weight in gold.
King Arthur Flour Fiori di Sicilia Flavoring