New to the Canberra market scene, and making a big splash with the superb Italian delicacy, The Cannoli Brothers are coming to Handmade on 18 & 19 March. Not only have they told us about their business, but they have also shared their recipe for cannoli shells, which will be on the blog later on.
Tell us about your business
With a combined 60 years’ experience, Canberra chefs Alessandro and Andrew have perfected our recipes over the last few months to achieve the exact flavour and texture profiles we were seeking in our Cannoli to make it just right to bring to market. We make all our pastries fresh using the best ingredients we can get. Our cream filling uses whole white milk fresh eggs and the purest natural flavourings available.
Our first two creations are: The Blonde Italian, a blonde pastry shell made with vermouth, crispy thin, filled with a rich 70% dark chocolate & fresh orange oil crema and; The Dark Italian, a darker richer pastry flavoured with fresh ground cinnamon and Marsala. This pastry is a heavier flavourful pastry filled with a delicate Madagascan vanilla crema with a hint of fresh lemon. We are currently developing several other crema flavours and styles along with development on a Gluten Free option coming soon.
We manufacture our products under strict controls in a commercial kitchen in downtown Canberra.
What made you apply to the Handmade Market?
Being a fully handmade product we figured we would fit into Handmade’s ethos. We are also a new business that is solely market based so it was very appropriate that we use this platform for our products.
What’s the best thing about Canberra?
Both of us a Canberra bred although we have both spent many years in other parts of the world. Canberra for the Traditional Owners was always a place to gather and meet and perpetual return and so we are both back here. I love the way Canberra has matured as a city and now has all the attributes that makes us a global city without all the negatives that our big sister cities have.
Can you describe your place of work?
We cook and prepare all our products from scratch in a commercial kitchen in the city. We rent space form our landlord who charges us rent in Cannoli so it is a true market type barter scenario.