This lemon ricotta muffins recipe is simple, easy to follow, and produces the softest, lightest, most lemony muffins. The toasted almond topping gives the perfect crunch and texture. Perfect with tea!
We all love Giada De Laurentiis, yes? I used to watch her show Everyday Italian and would be mesmerized as she made cooking look easy, simple and just so glamorous (unlike the chaos that is me in the kitchen lol).
Giada’s lemon ricotta muffins recipe
Anyway, I’m excited because this is the first recipe of hers I’ve attempted to bake (Red cooks off of her cookbooks all the time, to great success).
She actually calls this her Nonna’s recipe so you already know it’s going to be special. Grandma recipes always are. And it’s perfect as expected. I changed very minor things – more as a personal preference. Let’s get baking!
Muffins vs. Cupcakes
Before that, did you ever wonder what the difference between a muffin and a cupcake was? I always thought frosting = cupcakes but apparently it goes deeper than that. Muffins are considered healthier and closer to bread; cupcakes are, well, mini-cakes. And it has to do with how they are mixed too. Regardless, we like both!
Lemon and ricotta
Anyway, back to these muffins. They are a treat for lemon lovers (and even for those who only like lemons a little bit). I consider ricotta as one of my magic baking ingredients (check out this Fresh Blueberry Ricotta Bars) and lemon and ricotta pair beautifully.
The original recipe calls for just sliced almonds but I decided to toast them – toasting brings out this unique flavor that complements the sweet and tangy lemon very well. So spend the extra 5 minutes and toast your almonds – you won’t regret it.
I also did not add any almond extract. I’m not a big fan – though you can add it back in if you are. What I did on the other hand was up the lemon flavour by adding more lemon juice and I love how this muffin turned out…hope you do too!
(Recipe adapted from The Food Network)
Did you give this lemon ricotta muffins recipe a go? Tell me about it in the comments section below. I’d love to hear all about it. Check back in on Wednesday – a chocolate muffin recipe is on tap.
In the meantime, lemon lovers rejoice! There are more lemony goodness to be had:
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