Lemon Poppy Seed Ricotta Muffins

Let’s take a break from the seasonal, shall we?  Here’s a recipe that feels at home 12 months of the year: lemon poppy seed ricotta muffins.  Remember me raving about the healthy-cheesecakey-ness of ricotta muffins back in July?  My love for them hasn’t faltered.  Unlike the cherry vanilla muffin recipe, this one doesn’t rely on seasonally-available ingredients and can be whipped up affordably whenever ricotta cheese goes on sale.  The bread pudding I made with my sugarless failed muffins?  This recipe.  Except this time, I remembered to add the sugar.  I also made a double batch, because these babies freeze like a dream – package them up in waxed paper & tinfoil, stick them in the freezer, and take them out as you want them; unwrapped, they’ll defrost on the counter or with a quick nudge from the microwave.  They make a great on-the-go-breakfast, pick-me-up snack, or not-too-sweet dessert, and a pretty impressive bread pudding.

Lemon Poppy Seed Ricotta Muffins

from Mollie Katzen’s Sunlight Cafe


2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp grated lemon zest
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup poppy seeds
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp vanilla
1/4 cup butter, melted


1.  In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, lemon zest, sugar and poppy seeds.  Set aside.

2.  In a medium bowl, use a spoon to beat the ricotta with the buttermilk.   Whisking after each addition, add: egg #1; egg #2; lemon juice & vanilla.  Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients, and add the melted butter.  Stir until just combined.

3.  Spoon into a greased muffin tin, and bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned, 20-25 minutes.  Remove from over and cool on a rack for at least 30 minutes before removing to serve.


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  1. I am for sure trying these tomorrow. Thanks Carissa.

  2. Sounds wonderful. Just in time to try it with my baking granddaughter. I’m visiting her this weekend and we always find something to bake together. It’s a very bonding type activity.

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