Fat Friday – Fun-noli

19 Mar

We didn’t really think about what we wanted to make for Fat Friday before we went to the grocery store this week…There we sat in the kitchen going through our list of things we want to make for Fat Friday’s realizing we were missing at least one key ingredient for every one of them.  Naturally instead of getting in the car to go and get the missing ingredients we just invented a new recipe!  One of the things on our list to make for a Fat Friday is cannoli, so maybe one day we’ll get to that.  What we came up with is our own version of a cannoli that resembles it in looks but that’s it.  Our Fun-noli’s taste like a chocolate orange deep fried pie.  For coming up with this recipe on the spot we found it to be a success.  I hope you give it a try!


What you need:

  • Half a pack of phyllo dough

1 one recipe of  pie crust

  • 1/2 a cup of butter or shortening or mixture of both (I like using a little of both)
  • 1  1/2 cut of flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 3-5 table spoons of ice cold water
  • Zest of three oranges separated

Chocolate buttercream

  • one cup of butter or shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups of powered sugar
  • half a cup of chocolate
  • 3-5 tablespoons of milk
  • 3-5 cups of vegetable oil (depending on the size of pot you use)


I’m sure there are a hundred better ways to fry these but this is how we did it just using items from around our home.

  • Long piece of picture frame wire
  • hollow stainless steel tube (we used our apple corer).

Put it all together:

Crush the still frozen phyllo dough into small pieces

Mix up the pie crust:

Cream the butter/shortening

Then add the flour and salt with the pastry attachment on your mixer.

Or just keep swigging the wine and throw it all in together! :)

Start to slowly add water until it forms a dough.  If it gets to moist add more flour.  If it is too dry and small amounts of shortening and water until it is what you want.  It should be a bit denser than a sugar cookie dough but still roll out very easily.

Kneed the phyllo dough into the pie crust until completely mixed

Role the dough out and cut into oval shapes

Heat oil.  If I were a true professional I would tell you what temperature to heat the oil too and how to change that when you put the pastry in.  But alas, just bring it to almost the boiling point. This takes a while and the oil will hold a temperature so don’t just jack up the heat.  Don’t let it boil but don’t let it get too cool, ok?

Feed the wire through the steel rod

Wrap the oval shaped pastry around the steel rod and secure with a little dab of water

Submerge the pastry into the oil for about one minute or until golden brown

Before you remove the pastry from the oil, tip the rod so that all the oil leaves it.

Pull up from oil and onto cooling rack

Using tongs, grip the rod and slide the wire out

Then carefully slide the pastry off the rod

cool completely


Cream the butter with the zest of two oranges

Add vanilla, sugar, and chocolate

Add milk one tablespoon at a time until completely smooth

Using a pastry bag (or zip lock with a corner cut off) squeeze the filling into the shell, one squirt in each end.

Then dip each end in remaining orange zest.


I hope everyone has a good weekend!  I know I will.  I’m heading to Philly to see my family and then to NYC to look at the French Culinary Institute!  Check back on Monday to see what I come up with from this recipe for a healthy treat! 🙂


One Response to “Fat Friday – Fun-noli”

  1. Darlynne March 25, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    oh Man that looks good! I love me a good cannoli and sometimes you want a cannoli but you also want something different…and this looks like it would fit the bill!

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