Monday, October 13, 2008

Delivered by a Princess, lemon muffins

No Manic Monday since the talented Fleur-de-Lisa is on vacation. So all I have is some muffins. We made these before ....Lemon-Ricotta muffins. These are the Food Network's Favorites cookbook. It is in the Giada De Laurentis section.

2 cups all-purpose flour (we use 1c. wheat 1c. all purpose)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar or more as needed for sprinkling
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 cup thinly sliced almonds
Line 12 muffin cups

Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat 1 cup sugar, butter, and lemon zest in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the ricotta. Beat in the egg, lemon juice, and almond extract. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until blended (the batter will be thick and fluffy).

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle the almonds and then the remaining 1 teaspoon of sugar over the muffins. Bake until the muffins just become pale golden on top, about 20 minutes. Cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

I have a nut allergy, so we substitute an imitation almond extract and leave off the almonds.

These are really good...very light and fluffy. But then again, with a stick of butter what isn't?

A princess delivered these today! She looks like she is turning her nose up at these....but I snapped the shot in mid- "cheese". This dress up outfit came with click clack shoes as well. She walks better in heels than I do!
Happy Monday, y'all.


Joanna said...

I should have an easy recipe - it's called hunt down someone who makes this yummy goodness and whine for a handout. :)

She looks so pretty.

On a limb with Claudia said...

YUMMY! I love that you are posting these recipes! I am definitely doing to try these.

Even though the princess in my house hold does not have thumbs.... ;)

Livi is gorgeous! How was the four day weekend?

Janet said...

oh man, she is just so adorable!!!

megz_mum said...

Yum! Must try these. And the Princess is gorgeous!

CrackerJacks said...

Adorable! I love a princess with muffins! The best of both worlds!

I've presented you with a bloggy award. You can read more details over at my bloggy blog! Happy Monday...Er, I mean early Tuesday morning!

TavoLini said...

Wow!! That's quite a princess outfit :D

I like Giada De Laurentis--I just can't understand how she stays so skinny!

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

That shot gave me instasmirk. Seriously, she is just a princess with or without the costume. The recipe sounds divine T.

And I tried the leaf project. THANK YOU SO MUCH for your towel tip. At first I didn't and I had a royal wax mess. Oy.

Corey~living and loving said...

ooooo what a fancy little honey you have there offering me some muffins. I will have one....thanks!

Cloggsy said...

All I had to read was "lemon" and I was writing down the recipe! Can't wait to see how these taste!

Monogram Queen said...

Alot of your receipts tempt me but this one......... oy!
I love Livi's look too!!! Adorable!