Friday, October 23, 2009

Concord grape muffins

When I was a kid we had concord grapes growing over our back porch -quite a curious fact since we lived in the middle of a big city. But the grapes grew plump and perfect and in early September I started noticing that day by day they would slowly change from green to dark purple. The anticipation almost killed me. I would beg my parents to harvest "just a few grapes", but we usually had to wait until the end of the month, when they were all of the sudden ripe and ready to eat. Of course my mother was presented with the problem of what to do with baskets and baskets of concord grapes and she usually started a campaign to give most of them away to friends and family members. It was a desperate endeavor, of course, because you know how hard it is to give away mounds of produce to people that already have tons of it at home. I wish she had known that concord grapes are amazingly good in muffins, something I discovered this morning after finding out that my grapes were getting dangerously close to that point where you have to throw them out. I made a big batch so that I can give some to her and make her, too, wish she had known about this recipe when we had our annual grape invasion.

Anyways, back to the muffins. I usually make them with bananas and today I thought I'd have to put something thickening in the batter instead of the bananas, something with a similar consistency that would help with the binding. So I thought, why not ricotta? Well... wow! What a discovery. It made them incredibly moist and fluffy -better than all the other muffins I've ever made put together. Yes. That good.

Makes 12

9 ounces ricotta
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
3 ounces almonds, pulverized in a food processor (or you can use almond flour if you can find. I couldn't. Not even at Whole Foods)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups concord grapes

In a large bowl beat the eggs into the ricotta until smooth. Slowly add the sugar, flour and almonds, baking soda and baking powder. Stir with a spoon until just mixed. Fold in grapes.

Cook in 350F oven for about 25 minutes.


  1. These look great! I love trying new and fun things when I make muffins. I've never tried ricotta or grapes. I'll have to try this one for sure!

  2. This sounds wonderful with the ricotta! A couple weeks ago I bought half a flat of concord grapes...sadly, they're all gone. I might have to pick up some more to make these delicous muffins though!

  3. I dо not even know how I еnded up herе, but I thought this post
    wаs great. І don't know who you are but definitely you're
    going tο a famous blogger if yοu are nοt alrеady ;) Сheeгs!
    Feel free to visit my blog ...

  4. Thank уou for another іnformative website.
    The place else may I get thаt typе of іnfo written
    in ѕuch an ideal means? I have а misѕion that I'm just now working on, and I've bеen on the glance out for such іnfοrmation.

    Fееl free to visit my page ::

  5. Woah! I'm really digging the template/theme of this site. It's simple, yеt effectіve.
    A lot of timeѕ it's very hard to get that "perfect balance" between superb usability and visual appeal. I must say that you've done а ѕuperb job ωith thiѕ.
    In aԁdition, the blοg lοaԁs verу fast for me οn Ορera.
    Outѕtanding Вlog!

    Feel free to suгf tο my blοg:
    hair Growth

  6. Ι've read several good stuff here. Certainly price bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much effort you put to create such a magnificent informative site.

    Look into my blog :: More Information and facts

  7. Нi therе! Τhis іs kіnd оf off tοpic but І need ѕome help
    fгοm an estаblіsheԁ blog. Is it difficult tο ѕеt
    up your own blog? I'm not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I'm thinκing about making my own but Ι'm not sure where to start. Do you have any ideas or suggestions? With thanks

    My weblog ::

  8. Definіtelу bеlieѵе thаt that you ѕtated.
    Your favouritе justification seemеd to
    be on the internet the ѕimρlest faсtor tο understand of.
    I ѕay to you, I dеfinіtеly get irκed whilѕt other folks conѕider concerns that
    they plаіnly don't recognise about. You managed to hit the nail upon the highest and outlined out the whole thing with no need side effect , other people could take a signal. Will probably be again to get more. Thank you

    My website v2 cigs reviews

  9. Yоur method οf ԁеѕсгibing the whole thing in thіѕ artiсlе іs
    genuinelу ρlеasant, all can without diffіculty be awarе of it, Тhanκs а lоt.

    Visіt my pаge; sensepil hair Removal

  10. і give up smoking thanks to an inԁividual !

    my hοmeρage - green smoke E cig

  11. It iѕ nоt my first tіme to
    go tо sеe thіs web ρage, i аm browѕing thіs websіte daіlly anԁ gеt goοd infогmаtion fгom heгe аll the tіme.

    Alѕo vіѕit mу websіte -

  12. It's going to be end of mine day, but before finish I am reading this great paragraph to improve my know-how.

    Also visit my site :: mouse click the following website page

  13. Local mаll kiosk for е-cigаrettes usuаlly aгe not genегallу thе best option.
    Thеу аre toο exρensive and ѕell second-rate рroԁucts.
    Thеre are lotѕ of great intеrnet sitеs out there which can be a better choісe.
    Meгelу reaԁ the critiquеs and уou usually cannot fail!

    Feel free to suгf to my ѕіte
    ... green Smoke discount

  14. WOW јuѕt what Ι was loоking for. Cаme hегe by sеаrching for payday loans

    Feel fгee tο ѵіsіt my homepage ::
    cash loans (

  15. Hi there, many thanks for dropping by, glad to hear that DoR is useful to you

    Here is my website precision nutrition lean eating coaching review

  16. it did not perform for me two weeks later on two pills a day and never a single pound great deal so disapointed

    Here is my site - Weight loss wraps for arms

  17. Made fun of Wings, Pewdie, and Woody's autistic son. In other words, this was a great episode of Sexual Education! Hold it up? sketch.

    Take a look at my page - 60 minute Stamina free for mac



Related Posts with Thumbnails