Woo-hoo, it's #Choctoberfest! This virtual event features bloggers from around the world, posting their favorite chocolate recipes—like these Cannoli Crostini with Chocolate, Pistachios & Honey—and you’ll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. Head over and enter now!
#Choctoberfest has some amazing sponsors, including Nature Nate's 100% Pure, Raw and Unfiltered Honey. I was lucky enough to receive a wonderful goody box that included a huge squeeze bottle of honey (made by American Bees!), Raspberry Honey Syrup, and a bunch of handy Honey Packets—perfect when I'm on the go.
I also got a fantastic "Honey Gives Hope" t-shirt, celebrating Nature Nate's initiative to support breast cancer awareness. This speaks directly to me. Both of my parents are two-time cancer survivors. Supporting cancer awareness, treatment, and research is of the utmost importance to me. Over the past four years I have worked with a team to raise over $125,000 for rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center here in New York. I truly appreciate that Nature Nate's takes on such crucial work.
And I also truly appreciate that Nature Nate's provides such delicious honey. It certainly adds a wow factor to my Cannoli Crostini with Chocolate, Pistachios & Honey. These simple, sweet toasts are wonderful for dessert, but would also be fantastic for a brunch! They take just a few minutes to put together but look like a whole lot more work went into them.
- 2 cups ricotta
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- lemon zest from 1/2 lemon
- small pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup pistachios, roughly chopped
- 1/2 ounce dark chocolate, shaved
- 6-8 slices of Tuscan/peasant-style bread, each cut in half and toasted
- additional honey, for drizzling
Put the ricotta, sugar, honey, vanilla, lemon zest, and salt into a food processor. Process for about three minutes, until the mixture is thick and smooth.
Spread a dollop of the cannoli cream onto each toasted slice of bread. Sprinkle the chopped pistachios and shaved chocolate on top. Finish with a generous drizzle of honey over each toast.
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And stay tuned for more delicious chocolate recipes for #Choctoberfest!