What you'll need:
- 2 8oz packages of softened cream cheese
- half a small container of ricotta cheese
- 1 tbsp of vanillasweeten to taste with either powdered or granulated sugar
- a package of egg roll wrappers
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of milk
- a package of raspberries or other fruit (canned apple filling is good!)
- canola oil
- a large deep frying pan
- a pair of tongs
- a basting or pastry brush
- paper towels
- whip cream
- any kind of dessert sauce
In a medium sized mixing bowl mix together cream cheese, ricotta cheese, vanilla and sugar.
In a separate bowl create an egg wash by mixing the eggs and milk. Open up the package of egg roll wrappers and on a clean dry surface place on of the wrappers.
Next using the pastry brush, brush the egg wash on all four edges of the egg roll wrapper leaving only a rectangular square of the wrapper untouched. Using that square, place a small amount of the cream cheese mixture into it. You do not want to use too much of the mixture otherwise the wrapper will burst in the frying pan.
Place three to four raspberries in a roll and push into the mixture. wrap the wrapper as you would a regular egg roll. Let set for a minute before frying. (If your not frying them right away, we suggest wrapping them each in wax paper or setting them far enough apart so that they don't touch or they'll stick to each other/any surface and rip, spilling the contents. Thus, losing their fry-ability.)
Place enough oil into the frying pan that it is about 1/2 inch deep. heat the oil over medium high heat. Once the oil has been heated through place the egg roll into the frying oil seam side down so that it seals. cook egg roll on all sides until it is golden brown.
Once egg roll has finished frying using the tongs gently take the egg roll out of the frying pan and let it rest on the paper towel to collect any extra frying oil.
After resting for a moment place the eggroll on a serving dish and garnish with whip cream and desert sauce of your choice. The raspberries can be replaced with any kind of fruit or pie filling. You may also roll the egg roll in cinnamon sugar after frying.
For further guidance please refer to http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/chinese-canoli/23594.html
These were the biggest hit at our lunch on Sunday. They're fun, easy to do, and are really impressive! Great for special dinners.