Showing posts with label ricotta. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ricotta. Show all posts

Monday, February 16, 2015

Blood Orange Ricotta Muffins #MuffinMonday

Fresh ricotta, scented with blood orange zest and mixed with brown sugar is a softly sweet filling for these lovely blood orange muffins.

Yesterday I popped into my local grocery store, which in the spirit of full disclosure, I should tell you is actually part of a large French chain, and I came across blood oranges. They were part of a great big display of citrus of all kinds from many countries. The sign said they were red oranges from Spain, but the fruit itself bore this sticker.

I must have wasted the better part of half an hour on the internet, trying to determine if they were indeed Spanish or, perhaps, Italian. Because, if you were a Spanish company, would you choose the Mona Lisa for your logo? Seems odd. Anyway, here I am, none the wiser about the provenance of my citrus, but I do have a lovely muffin to share.

I’d be delighted to hear from anyone who knows more about the Mona Lisa oranges. Enigmatic, they are. Just like her smile.

For ricotta filling:
3/4 cup or 180g fresh whole-milk ricotta
1/4 cup or 50g dark brown sugar
1 large egg white (Save the yolk for the muffin batter.)
1 tablespoon blood orange juice
Zest of one half blood orange
Pinch of salt

For the muffin batter:
2 cups or 250g flour
3/4 cup or 150g sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Zest of one half blood orange
1/2 cup or 120ml canola oil
1/4 cup or 60ml milk
1/4 cup or 60ml blood orange juice
1 large egg
1 egg yolk (Because what else are you going to do with one yolk?)

Optional for decorating: 2-3 teaspoons pearl sugar

Zest your blood orange and divide the zest into two small piles.

Put one pile in a small bowl with all of the other ricotta filling ingredients and mix well.

The blood orange juice is a gorgeous red, isn't it?

Put the filling in the refrigerator to keep cold.

Not the prettiest filling but so rich and delicious.
Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C and prepare a 12-cup muffin pan by greasing well or lining it with muffin papers.

In a large mixing bowl, combine your flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and the other small pile of zest.

In a smaller mixing bowl, whisk together your oil, milk, juice, whole egg and yolk.

Pour your liquids into your dry ingredients and fold until just combined. There should still be a little flour showing.

Spoon or scoop a generous tablespoon of batter into your prepared muffin pan.

Top the batter with another good tablespoon of the ricotta filling.

Finish by dividing the remainder of the batter between the muffin cups.

Use a sharp knife to cut two or three ways through the batter to mix it up a little bit with the filling.

Sprinkle with a few pieces of pearl sugar, if desired. I like pearl sugar because it makes plain things pretty. This muffin is pretty special on the inside but fairly plain on the outside otherwise.

Bake in your preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the muffins are golden.

Cool the whole pan on a wire rack for a few minutes then remove the muffins and continuing cooling them on the rack.


See what I mean about the filling? You'll have to trust me that it tastes good!

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Lemon Ricotta Muffins for #MuffinMonday

When you mix baking soda with lemon juice in a batter, the result is a light and fluffy muffin. Add in butter and ricotta cheese for richness and these are easily some of best muffins you’ll ever eat. 

Last year I posted a couple of lists I called Blog Love Fest 2013 and Blog Love Fest, Part 2 to introduce you to some of my favorite bloggers. It just hasn’t happened yet but I have every intention of writing more Blog Love posts because, frankly, my list of bloggers I love just keeps growing. I can hardly keep up and I feel terrible when I am behind on my reading because I just know I’m missing something wonderful.

Which brings me to a great new Facebook group that I was invited to join. It’s called Fearless Friends Sharing Recipes and it was started by one of my favorite people, the fabulous Jenni Field from Pastry Chef Online. The best part is that it has 11 of my favorite bloggers (plus yours truly) sharing recipes in one convenient place, so I don’t have to worry about whether Facebook is going to choose to show me their posts - or not. I just scroll down the group wall and drool. :) Click on the link here and ask to join the community so you can drool with me. B.Y.O.N. (N is for napkins, you’ll need them.)

Anyhoo, a couple of weeks back, Fearless Friend Cheryl from Pook’s Pantry posted a photo of scrumptious lemon ricotta cookies and I was inspired to muffinize them. And don’t bother telling me that muffinize is not a word. I’ve just added it to my spellcheck dictionary and you would be wise to do the same. I have a feeling it's going to keep happening.

2 cups or 250g flour
3/4 cup or 150g sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Zest of 1 large lemon
2 eggs
1 cup or 250g ricotta cheese
1/3 cup or 80ml lemon juice
1/2 cup or 115g unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C. Butter your muffin pan or line it with paper liners. The batter turns out really fluffy so I got 15 muffins out of it, instead of the usual 12.

Combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and lemon zest in a large mixing bowl.

In another smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, ricotta, lemon juice and melted butter.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones and stir until just mixed through.

Divide the mixture between the muffin cups.

Look how fluffy!

Bake in your preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden.

Allow the muffins to cool for a few minutes then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.


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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Little Filo Cheese Rolls for #SundaySupper

So it’s the Super Bowl today! As the old Texas saying goes, I don’t have a dog in that fight, but that won’t stop me from setting up my dvr to record the game (since it comes on a 3:30 a.m. Monday morning for me in Dubai) and then watching the most super of bowls munching on snacks and sipping on drinks. And I am just going to warn you right now that I won’t be on Facebook on Monday until I’ve watched the game. It’s more fun to watch if I don’t already know the winner, don’t you think?

This week for Sunday Supper everyone is making delicious dishes that they would like to eat while watching the big game. The hard part was narrowing it down to just one! But I have to tell you that I am delighted with my choice! Crispy, crunchy filo pastry baked around a lovely green onion, feta and ricotta cheese filling. And as I bit into the first one, I decided it needed a little something to dip it into. So I poured some honey in a ramekin and added a chopped fresh red chili. The saltiness of the cheese was complemented beautifully by the sweet honey with a bite of spicy heat. So good!

Sunday Supper Movement

1/3 cup or 75g melted butter
About 4 1/2 oz or 125g ricotta
3 1/2 oz or 100g feta
Generous bunch green onions
9 1/2 oz or 270g pack of filo – you won’t use all

Optional dip: About 1/4 cup or 60ml runny honey and one small red chili pepper

Preheat your oven to 325°F or 165°C.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  I give the pan a quick spray with Pam to stop the parchment from slipping around and you might want to do the same.

Finely chop about four inches or 10cm off the ends of your green onions.

In a small bowl, measure out your feta and ricotta and add in the green onions.  Use the tines of your fork to crumble the feta. 

Add in your egg and use your fork to beat it just a little bit.  Mix the whole lot together.  Set aside.

Remove the filo pastry from the package and figure out how to unfold it without ripping it so that you can see exactly how large the sheets are.  This is the trickiest bit of the whole recipe.  Once your sheets are unfolded, decide how you can best cut them into large rectangles of around 4 inches wide and 10-12 inches long. 

As you can see, my sheets were quite large so I ended up cutting them in fourths.  Stack all the layers on top of each other.  Place them on your clean kitchen counter.  I usually lay a piece of cling film down first to make clean up easier.

Brush the top sheet with melted butter and put about a tablespoon full of filling about an inch or two centimeters from the short edge.  

Roll the filo around the filling a couple of times and then fold in the two sides. Continue rolling until you reach the end of the sheet of filo.  Place seam side down on your prepared baking sheet. 

Continue buttering and adding filling and making cheese rolls until all of your filling is gone.  You will probably have some filo sheets left over.

Brush the tops of the rolls with the remaining butter and bake in your preheated oven for around 30-45 minutes or until golden and crispy. 

While there is no official dipping sauce to go with this, as I mentioned above, I mixed a little honey with a chopped fresh red chili and it was lovely with the cheese rolls.  You might want to do the same!


This recipe was adapted from an original by Claudia Roden in The Accidental Foodie. 

Have a look at all the wonderful dishes the #SundaySupper crew have prepared today!

#SundaySupper Super Bowl Appetizers & Snacks:
All American Ranch Cheese Ball from The Weekend Gourmet
Bacon Double Cheese Burger Dip from In the Kitchen with KP
Bacon Kettle Corn from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Baked Crab Cakes from The Meltaways
Buffalo Chicken filled Pull-Apart Loaf from Small Wallet Big Appetite
Buffalo Chicken Pizza On A Stick from Neighborfood
Buffalo Tofu Bites from Soni’s Food
Cheeseburger Bites from Momma’s Meals
Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Dip from Daily Dish Recipes
Cranberry Glazed Meatballs from Curious Cuisiniere
Easy White Queso with Chorizo from Supper for a Steal
Eggplant Lentil Fritters With Orange Salsa from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
#GlutenFree 7 Layer Bean Dip from Cooking Underwriter
Gulf Coast Smoked Tuna Dip from 30A Eats
Ham & Cheese Crescents from Masala Herb
Ham Crescents {Schinkenhoernle} #DairyFree from Galactopdx
Little Filo Cheese Rolls from Food Lust People Love
Mini Crab Bites from Webicurean
Muffuletta Skewers from Magnolia Days
Onion Cheddar Cheese Ciabatta from Family Foodie
Peach Jalapeno Fritters from I Run for Wine
Philly Cheesesteak Bites from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Pizza Pretzel Rolls from Cravings of a Lunatic
Pizza Wontons from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Refried Black Beans with Pita Chips from Basic N Delicious
Roasted Garlic-Bacon Dip from girlichef
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Stamp & Go! from The Lovely Pantry
Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Dates from Noshing with the Nolands
Tandoori Spiced Popcorn from MarocMama
Wonton Cones Filled with Oriental Salad from Simply Gourmet

#SundaySupper Super Bowl Main Dishes:
Bacon-Wrapped Chili Cheese Dogs from Damn Delicious
Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Sandwiches from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Chicken in Passion Fruit Crunch from The Urban Mrs.
Green Chile Cheeseburgers from Juanita’s Cocina
Grilled Pizza with Sausage and Spinach from Ruffles & Truffles
Marinated Rump Steak with Chimichurri Sliders from Vintage Kitchen Notes
Meatball Sub Sliders from Country Girl in the Village
Oven-Fried Catfish Fingers with Mango-Chili Dip from Pescetarian Journal
Pigs in Sleeping Bags from Comfy Cuisine
Turkey Sliders with Roasted Tomatoes from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Vegan “Hamburger Helper” Soup from What Smells So Good?

#SundaySupper Super Bowl Desserts:
Shortbread Brownies from Baker Street
Smores Blossom Cookies from Chocolate Moosey
Sweet Little Pastries from Happy Baking Days
Sweet Potato Cake Pops from Ninja Baking
Toddler Truffles from In the Kitchen with Audrey

#SundaySupper Super Bowl Tablescape: 10 Tips For A Winning Superbowl Buffet Table from An Appealing Plan

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on Twitter on Sunday, February 3rd to talk all about our Super Bowl Recipes!  We’ll tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7 p.m. ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun.  Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our#SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos!

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Greens and Pea Manicotti

When elder daughter came home from university that first summer, she surprised me with the news that she had become a vegetarian.  But I guess I really wasn't that surprised since I knew that her new best friends were mostly vegetarian and that sort of thing rubs off on a person.  So when her little sister followed in her footsteps, not just to the same school, but into vegetarianism, no surprise at all there.  Frankly, I think it's a great thing - I'm not ready to go there yet, but I fully support their choice.  When they are home, we eat a lot less meat because there are so many tasty meatless meals and it is easier to cook just one dinner each night.  The other day, while I was wasting time researching recipes on the internet, I came across what sounded like a rich, satisfying vegetarian dish and I couldn't wait to give it a try.  I had to make a few changes because of what I have available here but it was very tasty.  I hope to make this again for my girls, someday soon.  Providence, here I come!

For the filling:
3 oz or 85g goat cheese
4 1/2 oz or 125g fresh ricotta or small curd cottage cheese
5 oz or 140g raw greens of your choice (spinach, kale, silver beets, etc.)
6 oz or 180g frozen peas, thawed
1 large clove garlic
1 whole egg
Zest of one lemon
Black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 oz or 225g freshly grated Parmesan
1/4 cup or 60ml whipping cream
Sea salt
Black pepper

For assembly:
1 1/2 cups or 240ml tomato sauce – store bought will work if you have a favorite or make this sauce, from my eggplant parmigiana recipe.   It freezes very nicely so the extra will come in handy for future meals.
10 6-inch or 12cm crêpes (recipe here)
1 oz or 55g freshly grated Parmesan

Clean your greens thoroughly and remove any thick stems.  Rinse them at least three times.   

These are silver beet greens.

Yes, I know the package says pre-washed.  It’s lying to you.  Just like when I told my mother I had vacuumed but I really just ran the vacuum cleaner around to make the lines on the shag carpet without turning it on.  (Fact: It’s much easier to move when it’s not sucking.) 

Steam the greens for several minutes.

Then put the lid on!

Remove and cool by immersing in some cool water.  Spin them dry in a salad spinner or a dry tea towel.  If they still feel too wet, give them a squeeze with your two hands.

Thoroughly squeezed.

Using a fork, break your goat cheese and ricotta up into small crumbles.  Chop your clove of garlic.

Add the greens, peas and garlic to your food processor and pulse.  If you hear a clank, clank, clank at this point, realize that your peas are still frozen.

Pour the whole mess into a microwaveable bowl and thaw properly this time.  Jeez.  Okay, try again.  You are looking for a rough mixture that still has lumps and bumps.

Now add the lemon zest and Parmesan to your other cheeses.

In a bowl big enough for thorough stirring, add the cheese mixture to the greens and pea mixture.  Sprinkle on your salt and pepper.  Give it a good stir.  Taste it and add more salt, if necessary.

 Now add the egg and stir again. 

Add the cream and stir again.  Your filling is ready and just needs to hang out for a while in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to develop.   

Time to get on with the tomato sauce and the crêpes.  By the time you have those two done, the filling should be ready to use.  Follow these two recipes here and here.  Make double the crêpe recipe and you can easily half the tomato sauce.   Or make the full batch and freeze some.  Go ahead, get on with them.  We’ll wait here.

Just twiddling while we wait.

Okay, so, when you are ready to fill your crêpes and bake, preheat oven to 350°F or 180°C.  Spray a little Pam in your baking dish or drizzle in a little olive oil and rub it around.  Cover the bottom of your pan with about a 1/2 cup or 120ml of your tomato sauce.

Put about a 1/4 cup or 60ml of filling on the top crêpe and spread it along the middle.  Fold one side over and then the other side. 

Lay it in the pan, ends side down.  Continue filling the crêpes until all the filling is gone.  Extra crêpes can be wrapped in cling film and frozen.

Top the manicotti with another cup or 240ml of tomato sauce and then a good sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan.

Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until the sauce and cheese are bubbling.  Serve with a side green salad.


Adapted from this recipe here.  I love her writing.  She's funny and she has great recipes so go check her out.  Here's my favorite post!

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