Meyer Lemon- Ricotta Muffins

Are you able to get your hands on some Meyers?  They’re sometimes found at the Farmer’s Market… try Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s and any other specialty type markets.  You simply must find them.  And if you have a tree, well then I’m forever jealous.  I planted a very small Meyer Lemon tree last spring and it has maybe grown 2 inches taller- thus no fruit yet.  That’s what I get for trying to be thrifty at the nursery!

The bright, sunny color of a Meyer Lemon will draw you in, along with the sweeter flavor.   As Meyer Lemon season begins to draw to a close, I’m offering up a muffin recipe very worth trying…
Meyer Lemon- Ricotta Muffins.

I worked from a recipe I found on this neat blog, but my healthy eating venture had me messing with the ingredients to make these a tad bit more diet-friendly.

There’s a 1/4 cup of butter in there and some added applesauce to help keep them moist. I also went for using low fat ricotta cheese.

The flavor is really, really nice in these muffins. You see… there is a good amount of that wonderful Meyer Lemon zest in there, a splash of Meyer Lemon juice and added almond extract as well.

I know that someone will ask if they can use regular old sour lemons in this recipe.  Yes, I say ‘go for it!‘…  but understand that they might have a different taste than I’m describing.  Meyers do give off a substantially different flavor than regular sour lemons.   But since this recipe calls for a minimal amount of the actual lemon juice, you’re probably okay to try it with plain old lemons.

See how perfect they are? They really were quite delicious.

Something made these very moist (ricotta & applesauce, no doubt), and the blend of lemon & almond is fabuloso. Don’t skip the sliced almonds on top, and I added a little demerara/turbinado sugar on top for a little extra crunch and sparkle.

This recipe can be found here:  Meyer Lemon Ricotta Muffins
The Meyer Lemons that I used are from that wonderful San Diego resource: Specialty Produce.

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39 Responses to “Meyer Lemon- Ricotta Muffins”

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    Christie @ Fig & Cherry — March 20, 2009 @ 4:28 AM

    Delicious! Ricotta and meyer lemon are flavours that compliment each other so well!

    Great photos too :)

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    Heather — March 20, 2009 @ 5:13 AM

    mmmm. those look so yummy with the almonds!

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    Maria — March 20, 2009 @ 5:34 AM

    What a great breakfast treat! I love the healthy changes you made! I bet they are super moist and super delicious!

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    justeatfood — March 20, 2009 @ 5:39 AM

    Those look wonderful. I bet they were incredibly moist.

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    Judy — March 20, 2009 @ 5:40 AM

    Beautiful and delicious looking! Need to get me some Myer lemons!

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    Barbara — March 20, 2009 @ 5:46 AM

    You have a lemon tree – I’m so jealous!

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    The Gourmet Girl — March 20, 2009 @ 6:00 AM

    Another reminder that spring is finally here.
    I can almost smell the fresh citrus. Was worth waiting for your post.
    Thanks for another great recipe.

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    patsyk — March 20, 2009 @ 6:09 AM

    Those muffins look perfect! Now, I have to find Meyer lemons!

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    Marie — March 20, 2009 @ 6:21 AM

    Oh, I will be making these for sure, I just made a ricotta poundcake, and yes, the ricotta makes it sooo moist!

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    katie — March 20, 2009 @ 6:26 AM

    Mmmm these look and sound wonderful and so light.

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    nina — March 20, 2009 @ 6:34 AM

    Lemon is my favorite flavor of all and I can imagine the pairing with ricotta, apple and almond…just heavenly!!!

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    kellypea — March 20, 2009 @ 8:35 AM

    Ricotta sounds perfect for these muffins. They really turned out beautifully! I swear I need a meyer lemon tree. *sigh*

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    Elyse — March 20, 2009 @ 7:41 AM

    OH my. These sound totally delicious. Ricotta does such wonderful things for baked goods, and the addition of that tart bit of citrus sounds just heavenly!

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    ingrid — March 20, 2009 @ 8:18 AM

    I saw those on Hayley’s blog, too! I printed out the recipe thinking to give them a try as I love everything about them, lemon, almonds, and ricotta, seriously, doesn’t get much better.

    Great job on making these dieter friendly though they looks just as good as the original!
    ~ingrid

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    Laurie — March 20, 2009 @ 8:36 AM

    Lori those look yummy! I love this time of year.. the orchards are looking beautiful!
    Speaking of orchards (and farms), Temecula Berry Co. opens in May.. Blueberry Picking, Yaahhhhh!!! :)

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    snooky doodle — March 20, 2009 @ 8:42 AM

    oh so healthy can be delicious too! these look faboulous. I love lemon and almonds. Wish I could find some meyer lemons however I think there arent any here :(

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    KatieG — March 20, 2009 @ 9:17 AM

    Gorgeous! and delicious looking! I am all about lemony flavors lately.

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    Kim — March 20, 2009 @ 9:34 AM

    Can you send me one? :D I’m hungry!

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    jennywenny — March 20, 2009 @ 10:25 AM

    Oh wow, what a wonderful afternoon snack! I hope I have time to try these soon!

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    The Duo Dishes — March 20, 2009 @ 11:19 AM

    You’re right. We have to find these. Every time we see a post, we think we have to get them…yummy muffins!

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    DessertObsessed — March 20, 2009 @ 1:06 PM

    i want some meyer lemons!! there are so many gorgeous things around the blogsphere made with those gorgeous lemons!

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    Bunny — March 20, 2009 @ 1:11 PM

    I’ve never baked with ricotta, your gonna have me making these just to know what it tastes like in a baked good! I’ve never had a meyer lemon either, I hope your pitying me and on your way tot he post office to send me a muffin!

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    Esi — March 20, 2009 @ 7:36 PM

    I love lemon and ricotta together! I am so happy to see Meyer lemons all over the place. These look great!

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    rhyleysgranny — March 21, 2009 @ 1:23 AM

    You muffins look lovely.I can nearly taste the zing. I have never seen Meyer lemons in the shops here. I have a little meyer lemon tree in my conservatory and it has made it through the winter. The lemons are totey though. Just big enough for a gin and tonic. they do have a very distinctive flavour.

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    VeggieGirl — March 21, 2009 @ 3:30 AM

    Oh my, so BEYOND refreshing and divine!!

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    Katrina — March 21, 2009 @ 5:10 AM

    I’m seeing lemon all over the blog world. These muffins look GREAT!

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    Kristen — March 21, 2009 @ 12:24 PM

    So delicious! I’m now on the hunt for some Meyer lemons. I love cooking with them, but can hardly ever find them here in KS.

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    5 Star Foodie — March 21, 2009 @ 6:51 PM

    I just discovered Meyer lemons and really love them! Your muffins look just scrumptious!

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    Deborah — March 21, 2009 @ 7:17 PM

    I was able to find Meyer lemons last year, but I haven’t seen any this year. I need to keep my eyes open!

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    Louise — March 22, 2009 @ 4:42 AM

    Your muffins are packed with goodness. I can’t help bursting and puckering at the mere thought of them.

    Thanks so much for sharing recipegirl:)

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    CookiePie — March 22, 2009 @ 5:27 AM

    Beautiful muffins — I LOVE meyer lemons! The almonds look so pretty too.

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    southern hostess — March 22, 2009 @ 10:11 AM

    I bet these taste wonderful. They look so light and delicious!

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    finsmom — March 23, 2009 @ 10:36 AM

    Wow! These sound heavenly. I love the slivered almonds on the top. They make the muffins look so special and pretty :)
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Jude — March 23, 2009 @ 7:52 PM

    Don’t know what it is about lemon and ricotta but the combination is always delicious, especially in baked goods.

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    marguerite — March 24, 2009 @ 5:07 PM

    Those look delicious!

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    Colleen — March 25, 2009 @ 8:18 AM

    I love lemon and ricotta together. I make a tart with both of those ingredients – so good!

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    Cris — March 26, 2009 @ 7:39 AM

    These are amazing!!! After a trip to Italy a couple summers ago, I returned a “lemon fanatic”! They grow there as big as grapefruits, and every dish has freshly squeezed lemon to enhance the flavor. Try it! The health benefits are endless!

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    Jennifer Leal — March 27, 2009 @ 10:02 AM

    I am having a meyer lemon roundup next week on my blog so please submit your recipe as I would love to feature them.

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    Kathy - Panini Happy — March 27, 2009 @ 9:20 PM

    These look so lovely – and I wouldn’t dream of skipping the slivered almonds! I’m gaga for Meyer lemon-anything these days :-)