Lemon Ricotta Blackberry Muffins

May 4, 2014 10 Comments | Disclosure

With Thanksgiving swiftly approaching, here’s a way to foster gratitude and have a “Good Morning!”  Just bake some warm, fresh from the oven muffins, filled with plump, juicy, blackberries.

Lemon Ricotta Blackberry Muffins

Everybody’s favorite, light, moist, lemony-berried muffins…talk about the Hostess with the Mostess, your family and house guests will love you forever!

Amazingly huge blackberries where a delightful surprise when they arrived in my Bountiful Basket.  At first I was thinking Blackberry Sorbet, but Texas-sized Lemon Ricotta Blackberry Muffins won in the end.

Lemon Ricotta Blackberry Muffins

Muffins go together so quickly.  I like to mix the dry ingredients together, then the wet ones, and lightly combine them.  Fill muffin cups part way with batter, then add the blackberries and top with a little more batter.  By the time they are popped in the oven, I brew some hot herbal tea and have a few minutes to get ready for the day.

When making muffins size matters!  A standard muffin cup is about 2 1/2 inches in diameter and holds 1/4 to 1/3 cup batter.  Giant or Texas-size muffin cup is about 3 ½ inches in diameter and holds 5/8 cup batter, requiring more baking time.  Oven temps vary, so add a few minutes to your recipe and watch your muffins carefully.

Here’s the starring characters minus the unsalted butter that I forgot to add to this shot…sorry.  We eat with our eyes first, so I added a little yellow gel food color to my batter too.  On the color-wheel of life, I always think it looks more lemony and is so pretty with the blackberries.

Lemon Ricotta Blackberry Muffins

Just before the muffins finish baking make the Lemon Glaze.  I like to make mine thicker rather than thinner.  Add juice to thin and powdered sugar to thicken.

Lemon Ricotta Blackberry Muffins

Let your muffins cool for about 5 minutes, and drizzle tops with Lemon Glaze.

Lemon Ricotta Blackberry Muffins

Inside these steamy muffins the blackberries get kind of jammie-like and the tart lemon is so good, making me feel truly thankful.

Lemon Ricotta Blackberry Muffins

Here’s hoping you are appreciative of Lemon Ricotta Blackberry Muffins too!

Lemon Ricotta Blackberry Muffins

I have used plain Greek yogurt in place of the ricotta with these muffins. Topping them with Lemon Glaze is perfection, but you can also sprinkle with Turbinado sugar. Combining any berry with lemon and ricotta is a beautiful thing, but blackberries are my forever favorite...enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese (whole or low-fat is fine)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon yellow gel food color, if desired
  • For Lemon Glaze
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Line 12 regular muffin cups with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. 2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a small bowl, add the sugar and lemon zest. Rub the lemon zest and sugar together with your fingers. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar and lemon zest mixture together until light and fluffy, about two minutes. Add the ricotta cheese and beat until smooth. Beat in the egg, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and yellow gel food color.
  3. 3. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just blended. Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, fill each muffin cup half way with batter. Add three blackberries to each muffin cup. Top the muffins with remaining batter so blackberries are covered.
  4. 4. Bake muffins for about 20 minutes, or or until the tops are slightly golden brown. Let muffins cool for five minutes, top with lemon glaze, and serve.
  5. For Lemon Glaze
  6. Place powdered sugar in a medium bowl or liquid measuring cup; stir in lemon juice (glaze should be thick, yet pourable). Add more sugar or lemon juice, as necessary, to achieve desired consistency.

Notes

This recipe makes 12 regular size muffins or 6 to 8 Texas or jumbo muffins. For Texas muffins be sure to add more berries and bake for 24 to 27minutes. Oven temperatures vary, so be sure to begin checking muffins at 24 minutes.

To make these muffins gluten-free, simply use gluten-free flour. I use and recommend King Arthur Brand.

http://fabulesslyfrugal.com/lemon-ricotta-blackberry-muffins/

adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

 

Comments

  1. Can you make these gluten free ?

    • Yes, just use gluten free all-purpose flour. I have two members of my family that can’t eat gluten and I use King Arthur brand and have had great success with it. I noticed that our Boise Costco is selling a large bag of gluten free flour, (not King Arthur) for around $12.00. I’m going to get some and give it a try.

  2. Wow. These look beautiful and amazing. Two of my faves — lemon and blackberries.

  3. Renee, your recipes are the best! We made these this morning and they are good. I had everything on hand except blackberries, so I substituted blueberries from the freezer, and they were delicious.

    Just for fun, we made them the “Pastry Perfection” way. (the best bakery in Boise!) Don’t use muffin papers; just bake in the pan. Turn them out upside down onto a cooling rack, then after they’ve cooled a little, drizzle the glaze all over the bottom and sides. I don’t know exactly how Pastry Perfection does it, but this is what they look like. Would have been just as good right-side up. :-)

    • Thanks so much Susan. I’ve never heard of, “Pastry Perfection Bakery,” and still consider myself fairly new to Boise. Sounds like I need to go exploring soon! I often don’t use the papers, especially when making them for home use. I made these for a friends’ luncheon so I used papers and took them on a cake plate.. When I don’t use muffin papers, I spray my pans well with Baker’s Secret. Cakes, muffins, etc. come easily out of the pan with this product. Beware, there is flour in the spray for those that can’t have gluten.

      Thanks again!

  4. Thanks for the reminder that thanksgiving is swiftly approaching – in May.

  5. Thanksgiving is not swiftly approaching ….

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