Cannoli are Italian pastries consisting of tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta--a staple of Sicilian cuisine. This is a cheesecake inspired by the flavors of a traditional cannoli. Serve with a big glass of cold milk! This would last several days, covered, in the refrigerator.
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Turning the oven off, and later cracking the oven door while the cheesecake is still in the oven, helps to prevent the top from cracking. Although the top is covered with whipped cream, this is a great technique that can be applied to other cheesecakes as well.