Grapes of Wrath Muffins (adapted from here)
2- 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1- 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, salted
3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla powder
1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
zest from one small orange
1- 1/2 cups red grapes*
Preheat oven to 375° and prepare 12 muffin cups.
In a small bowl, blend together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla powder and ricotta cheese, mix until smooth. Stir in dry ingredients until just moistened (do not beat!). Fold in orange zest and red grapes.
The “batter” will be very thick and doughy. Scoop 1/4 cup mounded dough into each muffin cup. Bake for approximately 18 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
*The jury is split on whether or not the grapes should be cut. My side thinks that the juicy burst from the whole groups is what makes the muffins great, while the dark side thinks they should be halved before going into the mix.
The muffin wrappers were made using this fabulous tutorial from Skip to My Lou. Feel free to use my muffin wrappers, but please give credit to Word Up, Nerd Up.
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