Cast Iron

Chocolate Ricotta Muffins (and pancakes)

December 27, 2010
1 Ratings
  • Makes 12 muffins
Author Notes

I don't deprive myself of any of the foods I enjoy, and chocolate is high on the list. These cupcakes provide a hefty dose of chocolate, but they are made of all natural ingredients, so you can feel indulge without the guilt.

These muffins are from one of my favorite cookbooks - Sunlight Cafe, by Mollie Katzen. Today, I made an amazing discovery. I added a bit of extra milk and flour to the extra muffin batter (I had about a cup left after I filled all twelve cups in my muffin tin) and made pancakes. Wow! They were amazing, and it felt great to put the extra batter to a good purpose. Plus the kids were delighted to oblige. There's nothing like chocolate to wake up your taste buds! —Ordinary Blogger (Rivki Locker)

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 1/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 7 tablespoons cocoa powder (preferably Dutch unprocessed)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (optional extra for pancakes)
  • 1/2 cup milk (optional extra for pancakes)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350*. Spray 12 standard muffin cups with non-stick spray.
  2. Combine the flours, salt, baking powder, cocoa powder, sugar, and chocolate chips in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the ricotta, eggs, milk, vanilla, and butter.
  4. Pour the ricotta mixture into the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to mix it until it's well combined. DO NOT OVER-MIX.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Fill them to the top if you like them large, or a bit less if you like them smaller. (If you want to make pancakes, leave over about a cup of batter.)
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 1/2 hour before removing from the muffin tins.
  7. (If you have any extra batter and care to have a really decadent breakfast, add the extra flour and milk to the cup of batter. Heat a cast iron or nonstick pan and spray with nonstick spray. Spoon the batter in and cook for 2-3 minutes per side on medium low heat. Serve warm.)

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2 Reviews

BellaLuna December 29, 2010
Sounds like a great recipe and I would love to try it but noticed the ricotta is missing from the ingredient list. How much ricotta do you use? Thanks!
Ordinary B. December 29, 2010
Oh my! Copy and paste error there! Thanks so much, Bellaluna. I have corrected the recipe. It uses 1 cup ricotta cheese, and that is a VERY essential ingredient!