Date and Ricotta Muffins

‘I sometimes use ricotta instead of butter or oil to make these delicious date muffins. They are unbelievably quick to make and I use the rub in method. There is nothing more  welcoming that the smell of fresh baking.   These bakes are so delicious and these Juicy Jumbo dates from Tunisia.  The way to store dates is in the freezer as they retain their moistness and don’t dry out.  You can keep them in the freezer for up to a year’


For the date and ricotta muffins you will need:
250g self raising flour
125g ricotta
1 tablespoon cornflour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
juice of half an orange or whole tangerine
150g dates
3 eggs
2 tablespoon stevia or 2 tablespoons honey or agave
vanilla
grated zest of a tangerine or orange
a pinch of salt
a pinch of cinnamon

Line a muffin dish with paper cases.
Preheat the oven to 170C.

Sift the flour twice into a large bowl.  Add the bicarbonate of soda, pinch of salt and cornflour. Add the cinnamon, vanilla and grated citrus zest. Mix with a large metal spoon.

Add the ricotta, crumbled up into small pieces. Use your fingertips to rub the ricotta into the flour (rub in method, as you would butter)

Chop up the dates into small pieces. Add to the flour mixture and make sure that the date pieces are evenly covered in.

Beat the eggs with a fork Add the citrus juice. Pour into the flour mix and stir with a large metal spoon. Do not over-mix and immediately pour the batter into papercases prepared in a muffin tin.

(I top my mini muffins with chopped dates or a date.

Bake in a preheated oven at 175C for 20 minutes depending on the size.

Tips
  • for a gluten free recipe use a gluten free flour and gluten free bicarbonate of soda
  • for a lactose free recipe, use lactose free ricotta
  • for a vegan recipe, replace the ricotta with tofu and the 3 eggs with 3 tablespoons of linseed ground into a pulp with 9 tablespoons of water
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Fresh out of the oven. I’ve also made mini date muffins topped with large Tunisian dates

Trade Enquiries:
Self raising flour by Allinson, Stevia by Truvia, ricotta by Ambrosi and agave by Silver Spoon both at Borg & Aquilina
Saxa Salt by Premier Foods at George Borg Ltd
Fry Light cooking spray by Rimus Group
Vanilla, cinnamon and spices delivered to my home by www.spices.com.mt
Fruit by Big Fresh Mosta, Barbuto [organic] and Oscars Fruit and Vegetables, Paola
Kitchenware by Pedrini, Prestige and Bialetti at K&Co, Telephone 79415384

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