Thursday, August 7, 2008

Nectarines are SO Sweet in the Summer!

Even though it feels like winter here in SF, it's summer SOMEWHERE out in the world! That place must be where my Nectarines came from! I found these at Safeway (on sale!) and they were SO juicy and sweet! I knew they'd be perfect in MUFFINS! I found this recipe online for Peach Muffins and substituted for Nectarines instead. They came SO rich from the Ricotta Cheese with a birst of freshness from the Nectarines! They look almost TOO good to eat!
Ingredients: (6 muffins)

1¼ c all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ c light brown sugar, packed
¼ c creamy ricotta
¼ c vegetabel oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Nectarine, peeled and diced
1 Nectarine, peeled and sliced for garnish


1. Preheat oven to 350° F. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
2. In a separate bowl, blend together brown sugar, ricotta cheese, oil, eggs and vanilla. Add flour to brown sugar mixture and blend just until incorporated.
3. Stir in diced Nectarines and spoon into a greased or lined muffin tin. Arrange a few sliced peaches on each muffin.
4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until tops are golden brown and a tester inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from muffin pan.

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