Cannoli Ice Cream

You may not have an idea how much joy it brings me to say “It’s summer!”. Or if you are Canadian, maybe you do.  Our very short but lovely Canadian summer began with the ‘official’ solstice on June 21 but even more officially with the end of school. I didn’t celebrate in any special way with the kids but there WAS Ice cream. Cannoli Ice Cream.icecream2Now that I have three teenagers in the house (until mid July) Summer takes on a whole new meaning. No more waking up at the crack of dawn to haul everyone out to the zoo or Heritage Park. In fact no more waking up to do anything at all! My daughter has already left to train for her summer job this morning (her first job!), the oldest son is a sprinkler fitter apprentice, and my youngest son is still sleeping. I’m wondering when he will wake and making it some sort of test. Generally (going from experience with the first two) they begin to sleep in longer and longer each day and extending their night hours as much as they can. Teenagers.

My kids seem all grown up and it is a bit sad. I remember when they were young and I was often tired and overwhelmed. Kind friends and family used to say, “careful, make sure you enjoy them while they are young. Before you know it they will be all grown up!”. Did anyone ever say that to you? I thought they were nuts and that I would be glad when the kids would be independent enough to do things on their own. Alas, that day HAS come far too soon. At least I can still make them ice cream and delay them growing up further, if only for a moment.

icecreamCannoli Ice Cream (adapted from Cooking Classy)

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 (15 oz) container mascarpone
  • 4 oz cream cheese, diced into small cubes
  • Seeds of 1 small vanilla bean
  • 3 sugar cones, all smashed up
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup unsalted, roasted pistachios, chopped


In a food processor combine heavy cream, milk, sugar and corn syrup and blend mixture on low speed until sugar has dissolved, about 1 minute. Add in mascarpone, cream cheese and vanilla bean seeds and blend mixture until well pureed. ICTransfer to an airtight container and freeze 1 hour, stirring once halfway through freezing, then transfer to an ice cream maker and process according to manufactures directions. I found this mixture to be a bit much volume for my machine so I wouldn’t fill it up next time. The original recipe says to add the pistachios, chocolate chips, and sugar cone bits near the end of churning but mine didn’t mix in that way. I would add them with the cream mixture next time. Transfer to airtight container and freeze until semi-firm (I found this was best slightly soft so if you do freeze until firm allow it to rest at room temperature for a bit before enjoying).



  1. Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate

    Looks delicious Bernice. And woohoo, it’s finally SUMMER!

  2. cindyhkim

    Oooooh this looks like heaven. I must make it soon!

    1. dishnthekitchen

      thank you 🙂 please give it a try and let me know how you like it. I think you could do without the cream cheese and I might try this next time.

  3. Foodisms of The Office Broccoli

    Mmm.. I would love to try this. Except it will have to wait until I get an ice cream maker, or an attachment for my stand mixer.

    1. dishnthekitchen

      you know…I really loved the texture after I mixed everything in the food processor. It was really light. I bet you could try it without the ice cream maker.

  4. foodisthebestshitever

    Holy shit that ice cream is something I would like to eat. Me likey!

  5. chef mimi

    Wow. That looks amazing! You know, the 18 years do go by fast, but once they’re gone, it’s pretty wonderful!!!

  6. Redawna

    I have never made ice cream before. This recipe makes me what to change that. Immediately. OMG

  7. Meaghan Carey

    Wow! This looks amazing!

  8. taranoland

    I love this, what a great idea!!

  9. Edible Woman

    This looks amaaaaaaazing! Two of my favourite things, cannoli and ice cream. So glad I can make it in the food processor! 🙂

    1. dishnthekitchen

      mmmmhmmm! good and easy too!

  10. cynniebuns

    Oh my goodness. Mascarpone cheese in ice cream. I think you’ve just inspired me to develop a tiramisu ice cream recipe. Thank you! (from Cynful Kitchen)

    1. dishnthekitchen

      mmmm, yes! that sounds divine as well!

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