Tuscan Orange Muffins

If your Mother’s Day plans include making a delicious breakfast or brunch for Mom, then you have to give these incredible muffins a try! These moist and tender muffins are bursting with amazing citrus flavor and topped with a crunchy sugar crust. The olive oil is to thank for these muffins being very moist and rich. This Mother’s Day we are headed to Columbus, Ohio to spend with our parents. Luckily both of our parents live in the same city, so when travel home we can visit everyone at once. This will be the first time we have been able to make it back to Columbus since last June! I am very excited to see friends and family and spend Mother’s day with our parents. This mother’s Day what better way to show her you care than baking a homemade treat? 😀

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Tuscan Orange Muffins

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  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Line muffin pan with muffin-cup liners; coat with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in center of the mixture and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, water, olive oil, orange zest, orange juice, and egg. Add ricotta mixture to the well in the flour mixture. Stir just until moistened.
  4. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Sprinkle turbinado sugar over batter. Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in pan on a wire rack.

Yields: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 16 minutes

Source: adapted from Cooking Light, May 2011

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13 Responses to Tuscan Orange Muffins

  1. These look really good… and pretty healthy with the olive oil and ricotta… no butter. Have to give them a try. thx.

  2. ohhh I love sprinkling Turbinado sugar ontop of baked goods, it creates such a delicious crust!! YUMMM!

  3. pinkbekah says:

    These look delicious! Do you think a very inexperienced cook could make them ok? I feel like directions are always easy to read, it’s just the actual baking part that gets me! 😉

  4. Laura says:

    I just bought oranges and thought to myself, “I wonder if I can make a sweet treat with these.” Then I remembered that I’m off of sugar for a month so this will have to be bookmarked instead of made immediately…quite sad because they look so good!

  5. Jessica says:

    I never would have thought of making orange juice muffins, but they sound like they’d be incredible. And you’re completely right — these would be great for Mother’s Day!

  6. These look AMAZING!!

  7. Those look wonderful. And how great would they be with mimosas!

  8. ChgoJohn says:

    A crunchy top makes any muffin special! I hope you have a safe trip and wonderful visit with the folks back home!

  9. They look delicious! Have fun back home 🙂

  10. The Teenage Taste says:

    Ooooh, these muffins look so yummy! I love using ricotta cheese in muffins – it makes them so moist!

  11. Donna says:

    These look wonderful. I love citrus muffins, will give these a try. TFS

  12. I bet they were devoured upon arrival! Hope you had a great Mother’s Day!!

  13. Angie Walker says:

    This one is definitely going on my “to try” list. Anything with ricotta cheese is truly sinful. I am pinning this one!

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