Cannolo with Chestnut Flour, Ricotta & Truffle Recipe

Cannolo Recipe with Chestnut Flour, Ricotta Cheese & Truffle

Truffles are one of the delights of Tuscany, and we’re always looking for more ways to enjoy this delicious treat. Massimo from the Tuscany Truffle Academy has shared this Cannolo recipe with Chestnut Flour, Ricotta Cheese & Truffle.

Massimo has mastered the art of truffle hunting in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. For Massimo and his family, the beauty of Truffle hunting is that his guests get to discover the natural, high-quality truffles of the region.

Truffle hunting is viewed as one of the ultimate foraging experiences for food lovers, nature lovers and chefs and makes for a much more high-quality product than the commercialized truffles (of course, if this is all you have access to, it’s still better than no truffles at all).

On all tours, he relishes the opportunity to explain the long history, traditions and legends associated with truffles. To help inspire your love of truffles and, of course, your desire to visit Tuscany and walk part of the Via Francigena, here is a great little recipe from the charming village of San Miniato in the Italian countryside.

Cannol with chestnut flour, ricotta cheese and truffle recipe


  • 1 egg white
  • 40g chestnut flour
  • 40g butter
  • 40g sugar
  • 200g ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 50ml of cream
  • Truffle


Prep time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

  • We prepare cannoli by mixing the egg whites and incorporating the flour, sugar and melted butter.
  • On the baking paper, lay out the cannoli in the shape of discs about 10 cm wide.
  • Put the discs in a preheated oven at 200 degrees and remove them from the oven just when the discs are lightly coloured.
  • Mould them into the shape of cannoli when they are still hot. Now let them cool.
  • Prepare the ricotta cream by adding the ricotta to cream and sugar.
  • Assemble it all with the help of a whip.
  • Fill the cannoli with the ricotta mixture and grate the truffle on top. Simply delicious!

Contrary to popular opinion, truffle hunting can be done all year round in San Miniato because there are different truffles each season.

The famous white truffle is available from September to December, the rare Marzuolo truffle can be found from January to April, and the tasty black scorzonera truffle is seen from May to September.

If you plan your walk on the Via Francigena, you can add a little truffle hunting in San Miniato, on the section, from Lucca to Siena.

For more information about our walking and cycling tours in Tuscany, please don’t hesitate to contact us. For more information about our Italian routes, please visit the Via Francigena route page.

Happy Truffle Hunting!

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