Sunday, December 4, 2011

Fruited Ricotta Muffins: a recipe adapted for all seasons

Years ago when I was a newcomer to the innkeeping industry, I attended a fantastic conference sponsored by PAII (the Professional Association of Innkeepers International). As an aside, the 8 Broads in the Kitchen came to know each other through PAII. At this long ago conference, I attended a cooking class led by Deb Mosimann of the Swiss Woods B&B. She made these fantastic muffins, and shared the recipe. We've been making Fruited Ricotta Muffins at our inn ever since, and adapt them to the fruit that is in season. Thanks, Deb. Here's your recipe!

Note: frozen muffins (unbaked) keep for at least a month.

INGREDIENTS
4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1-2 cups fruit  (see suggested combinations)

DIRECTIONS
 Spray two muffin tins (12 count) with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, measure all the dry ingredients. Add the fruit and stir.

Whisk the ricotta, milk, eggs, and butter together until well blended. Add the dry ingredients and stir. Batter will be thick and drop heavily from a spoon. Scoop batter into muffin tins (using an ice cream makes this very easy).Freeze.

When frozen solid, pop the muffins out of the tin and store in freezer bag. mark bag with the kid and date.  When you are ready to bake them, grease a muffin tin and fill with the frozen muffins. Sprinkle muffin tops with cinnamon sugar or streusel topping before baking. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, check with tester and continue baking at 5 minute increments until tester comes out clean.

Suggested fruit combinations:
* dried apricots (diced) and cranberries
* blueberries and diced peaches
* blueberries and lemon zest
* strawberries (diced) and orange zest
* strawberries and raspberries
* lemon zest and 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
* diced apples and dates

We serve with butter and honey.

Lookout Point Lakeside Inn
http://www.LookoutPointInn.com
Kristie Rosset
Bed and Breakfast Foodie
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3 comments:

  1. With warm green tea this muffin will be just perfect :)

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  2. I cannot tell you how many of our guests fuss over these muffins. Kristie, thanks so much for posting them!

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  3. These were really good. We just stayed at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn and these were on the menu. My husband asked me to search online to see if I could find a recipe and here it is! Thank you for posting this!

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