November 2, 2020
Alexander, Season 1 (winner!)
49 down…50 to go!
This is one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. I have officially fallen in love with food photography. So much so that I actually added a food photography portfolio page to my website. I’m hoping to branch out and start taking photos of other people’s food…AKA be an actual food photographer. Wish me luck! If you live in the DFW area and need photos taken, let me know!
Anyway, back to this dish. It marks the half way point of my MasterChef Junior cookbook cook-through! I have learned so much in the last few months; it’s been completely wild and so much fun! Don’t get me wrong, there have been exhaustingly long days of cooking, but overall I have genuinely loved every moment of this experience!
I wanted to celebrate with a showstopper, so I chose this deconstructed Neapolitan Cannoli made by the first ever winner of MasterChef Junior (Season 1)! I have never tried a cannoli before, but I’ve wanted to for about 9 years now…ever since I discovered Cake Boss with Buddy Valestro on Netflix haha.
This obviously doesn’t look like your average cannoli, as it doesn’t have the traditional cylinder shape. Alexander thought it would have more wow factor this way, I suppose. Obviously the judges were impressed too, since he won the whole show–and this was the last thing he ever made.
When I’m making MasterChef Junior desserts, I usually try to cut the recipe in half or more because I don’t want to be stuck eating my weight in desserts. This recipe supposedly serves 8, with each cannoli stacked three high. I ended up having only 6 disks somehow, so I decided instead of making two cannoli, I would just make one giant stack. Man, I love a good stack!
I had to hold my breath as I stacked this bad boy. It kept wanting to slide and lean to one side. I don’t know how I was able to transfer it outside to my photography set up, but thank goodness I did. I got some of my favorite shots of any food I’ve ever made, and then took a huge bite. The blackberry compote complimented the cannoli filling so well! It was simply superb. Yet another amazing recipe from Alexander!
All my love,
Dani, a big tid
P.S. What else should I stack?
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