Blueberry Ricotta Muffins with Lemon Sugar Topping and Mountain Biking in the Deschutes National Forest

 

I think baking blueberry muffins in August is a really good idea.  Blueberries are plump, sweet and cheap in the market this time of year.  A few months ago I made a blueberry ricotta custard cake that we loved so I thought why not try ricotta baked in a blueberry muffin and see what happens?…I also added lemon sugar to the tops of my blueberry muffins which added extra sweetness, lemony flavor and a slight crunch to each bite of  these very happening muffins.  My only regret -that I didn’t bring these muffins with me on vacation to Bend in Central Oregon where I would have loved one for my breakfast this morning.

After going on a 3 hour mountain bike ride in the Deschutes National Forest today I could have used a few of these muffins with extra lemon sugar topping as fuel for the strenuous ride.  Today’s mountain biking adventure was fantastic but I think I let the idea of trying new things while on vacation go to my head when I signed both myself and my husband up for this group trail ride with Cog Wild in Bend, Oregon.  This was real mountain biking with winding trails, rocks, dirt, trail heads, trees and lots of ups and downs.  Austin, our trip leader was very supportive and kept telling me I could do everything that we encountered on the trails (stay to the right, stay to the left, just use one finger on the brakes, follow me etc).  I started thinking, Wow- this mountain bike is cool, it goes over everything on the trail!  But after a few difficult rocky stretches on the trail I wasn’t so sure and lost a little confidence when a couple of the experienced riders slid and fell on the trail right in front of me-whoops-ouch!

Is mountain biking a new sport that I will be taking up in my  late fifties, no probably not but I could see myself setting up a trail snack station at one of the popular ‘hubs’ we stopped at to check our map, drink water and fight off a few aggressive bees.  Ice tea and blueberry ricotta muffins with lemon sugar topping would be on my menu.  I would also give directions to lost riders for free and maybe a little motherly positive encouragement to go with the muffins and ice tea.

I’m so glad this cabin we’re staying in has a hot tub right out the back door which sounds like a such a good place to spend time tonight, now I just have to figure out what we can make for dinner with blueberries, bananas, bread, peanut butter, eggs, tortillas, wine and milk because I’m really not feeling a trip to the store tonight.

Blueberry Ricotta Muffins with Lemon Sugar Topping and Mountain Biking in the Deschutes National Forest

Yield: 12 muffins

Adapted from the blog Culinerapy who adapted from Dorie Greenspan.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup whole milk Ricotta, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, 4 ounces, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup organic granulated sugar, 2/3 for the muffin batter, 1/3 for the lemon sugar topping
  • Finely grated zest of a lemon
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 & 1/3 cups fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Spray a 12 cup muffin pan with baking spray or line with paper cups.
  3. In a large bowl add the lemon zest to the sugar and rub together with your fingertips until well incorporated, remove 1/3 cup of the lemon sugar for the muffin topping.
  4. Place the ricotta, eggs and vanilla in a medium size bowl, whisk together and stir in the melted butter.
  5. Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into the large bowl containing the lemon sugar.
  6. Gently stir the ricotta mixture into the sugar/flour mixture, the batter will be very thick.
  7. Gently fold in the blueberries.
  8. Divide the batter between the muffin cups and evenly sprinkle the lemon sugar on muffin tops.
  9. Place the muffins into the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted comes away clean.
  10. Place on metal rack to cool.
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Reading a trail map just like reading a recipe for blueberry muffins…

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  1. Ooooh, these are next up on my to-bake list! I love everything about them–thank you for sharing! And good for you out there on the mountain bike. It’s more hardcore than I am! :D Be safe and enjoy the hot tub!

  2. I would also prefer a snack station instead of a 3 hour bike ride :) Blueberry muffins are my favorite kind of muffins – these look great!

  3. These look and sound fabulous! Was that your FIRST mb ride? Impressive. My sister-in-law lives in Bend. My husband, whom is an avid mtbr is planning a mb ride there soon. Me, I’m a roadie. I’m such a weenie on the trails. Wish I weren’t. ;)

    • pattysfood says:

      Thanks Cathleen! I’m a weenie on trails too-who knew! I’ll take a paved road, I’m afraid of all those rocks ;)

  4. How I wish I was waking up to these muffins for breakfast tomorrow! They look fabulous, I love the lemon sugar topping! :)

  5. I can’t wait to try these muffins! I might have to use German Quark instead of ricotta though…they look irresistible, Patty.

  6. I love your idea and could I work at your snack shack? Pretty please. I’ve been spying on your trip, ha ha, you know I love stalking you. Looks like a blast, I like that area, one of these days I will get back up there. I will bring the muffins with me for sure. Enjoy your trip.
    -Gina-

  7. Oh brave woman, I have always stayed away from mountain bike riding! I’ll wait for you at the snack station!
    A cold lemonade with the scrumptious Blueberry Ricotta Muffins sounds splendid, bike ride or not! Have a lovely vacation!

  8. These blueberry ricotta muffins look so decadent, almost creamy thanks to all that ricotta cheese! :) Pinned.

  9. I need to try that lemon sugar to add on muffins too! That sounds like the perfect garnish for many baked goods. Those muffins look deelish with those big plump blueberries!

    Sounds like vacation is good, especially being in a cabin. You put me to shame with your bike riding (I have to muster the motivation to get on the treadmill). Have a lovely weekend, Patty! :)

  10. These are fab looking muffins Patty. Good for you for trying something new. Me, I am trying a cardio and strength class so that I am less schlubby.

  11. I’m afraid the only exercise I do willingly is walk. My friends and I go out each morning and walk 2 to 4 miles…depending on the day! My son does mountain bike racing.
    These muffins look amazing…love the crunch on top!

  12. I’m with you on setting up a trail snack stand that serves up delicious muffins, motherly encouragement and directions! That would be more my speed :) I admire your adventurous spirit and beautiful blueberry lemon muffins, Patty!

  13. What a great trip you went on and how adventurous you are! Congrats! These muffins are making my mouth water. A must make in the near future. Beautiful!!

  14. I’m a ricotta fiend and love incorporating it into baked treats. These muffins look absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to bake them up!

  15. I have to give you a lot of credit for going on that bike ride! I’ve been on some strenuous hikes but I think being on a bike would be even more difficult.

    Hope you were able to spend some relaxing time in that hot tub :)

  16. Oh Patty, you mountain biked? 3 hours? I barely can stay on top of my cruiser at the beach, where is totally flat…and believe me, I just ride my bike when nobody is around otherwise I would be afraid for the pedestrian’s life…
    On another not, this little treats are gorgeous…like the lemon with blueberries, an dyes, ricotta can give these muffins a richer flavor.
    Hope you are enjoying your week my dear :D

  17. I admire you going on strenuous bike rides! I took a few spinning classes and called it quits…LOL. I’ve been meaning to bake up some blueberry muffins while the berries are prime…and now I have a new recipe to try!

  18. Blueberries and August go hand in hand! These look fluffy, and happy and just perfect!!
    Love the fact that you tried out mountain biking – something I have wanted to take up too!

  19. That’s quite a bike ride Patty! A hot tub and a dozen of these muffins are mandatory after it, jaja! Love ricotta in muffins.

  20. Adventurous biking and delicious lemon sugar topping!! Quite a combination you have going on here :)

  21. Lana Koehler says:

    Just made them and ate one hot out of the oven. They do not disappoint. My husband said that this recipe is a keeper!

  22. I just made them and only waited 10 minutes before my husband and I ate 2 each. They were very good. Thanks for the warning about the batter being thick. Although I read that, I still thought that I did something wrong. But nothing was. Mahalo for the recipe.

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