Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Cannoli Crumb Pie

A few years ago, my husband's cousin Nino and his daughter Stefania came to visit us from Chioggia, Italy. They know that my husband and I like to cook and try new recipes. While they were with us, they made this delicious dessert called "Torta Sbriciolata Ricotta e Cioccolato".

Now, that's a mouth full! The best translation I can come up with is crumbly cake with ricotta and chocolate - but that doesn't sound very good, so I'm calling my version of it Cannoli Crumb Pie!

Here's how to make it:

Here is everything that you'll need to make it! It's quick and easy!

Place the dry ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times to combined.

Melt the butter and beat the egg.

Add the egg and butter, and mix until crumbly.

See how nice and crumbly it is?

Spread half of the crumb mixture in a pie plate that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Don't press it down!

Chop the chocolate (or use chocolate chips).

Mix ricotta cheese and sugar.

Add the chocolate and mix well. Looks like cannoli filling, doesn't it?

Spread ricotta mixture over bottom crumb layer.

Top with remaining crumb mixture.

Spread lightly and evenly to the edges, covering all of the ricotta mixture.

Just like that! Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, then broil for 3 additional minutes.

Remove from oven and cool completely.

 Cannoli Crumb Pie
(Torta Sbriciolata Ricotta e Cioccolato)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 - 16gr packet Paneangeli® Lievito Pane Degli Angeli
1 - packet Paneangeli® Vanillina
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter (melted)
1 egg (slightly beaten)

15 oz. container of ricotta cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup chocolate (chopped)
** Note: You can use any kind of chocolate that you like - even chocolate chips **

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a deep dish pie plate with non-stick cooking spray (I use Bake Easy by Wilton®)
  3. Place flour, sugar, lievito, vanillina and salt in a food processor and pulse a few times to combined.
  4. With processor on, drizzle in egg and butter until mixture is crumbly.
  5. Sprinkle half of the crumb mixture into the prepared pan and spread around until it evenly covers the bottom of the pie plate. DO NOT press down.
  6. In a medium size bowl, mix ricotta cheese, sugar and chocolate with a rubber spatula until combined.
  7. Spread ricotta cheese mixture evenly over the base crust.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture on top of the ricotta layer, spreading evenly to the edges of the pie plate, making sure that all of the ricotta layer is covered.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Turn oven to broil, and continue to bake for an additional 3 minutes, to brown the top.
  10. Remove from oven, cool completely, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
 Note:  You can find Paneangeli® products on

 I cannot tell you how many times we've made this! It is so good, and has become a family favorite. The Italians sure know what they are doing when it comes to food!

Buon Appetito!


  1. Yum! is there anything you can replace the paneangli products with?

    1. Hi Renee! The vanillina is just powdered vanilla - so I'm sure you could use 1 tsp vanilla extract. The lievito - Pretty sure you could use baking powder and baking soda.

    2. thanks Kim...I really would like to make this. On the menu for next week!

  2. Cannoli?? omg you are kidding me My fat stomach loves you and hates you at the same time lol

    1. Yup - and we love it! It is sinfully good, and SO easy to make.

  3. What a great idea! I love all things cannoli =D

    1. Thanks for stopping by Lillian! Let me know how you like it if you make it!

    2. This was so very delicious! And so easy to make! My hubby brought it to his office Christmas party today and his co-workers loved it too! My daughter requested that I make it for Christmas Eve! And I decided to make it for New Year's Eve too! Yes, I'm hooked on this! I'll be blogging about this tomorrow morning with credit to you and a link back here! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! =D

    3. Lillian - that makes me happy! I'm so glad that your family is enjoying this one as much as we do, and I can't believe how easy it is to make! I try to keep the ingredients on hand for whenever I need a quick dessert. Thanks for sharing it on your blog as well! Can't wait to read your post.

  4. I am looking forward to trying this! Today, i was just thinking of how yummy a cannoli crumb cake would be. In my search, i also saw a youtube video about making a cannoli crumb cake from a restaurant called rivolis. It looked delicious! But they didn't neither to provide a link to the actual written recipe! i can't follow videos very well. Maybe you have heard of this recipe? If so, I'd love to try that one as well...thx

    1. Hello Cannoli love, and thanks for stopping by and checking out my Cannoli Crumb Pie recipe. I just watched the You Tube video on the cannoli crumb cake from Rivolis restaurant. I haven't heard of it before, but it sure looks good!