After a long streak of sweet muffins, it was time to savor some savory. Baking for breakfast on the go, these basil infused muffins will ready you for a daunting Monday like no other. So take five minutes off, sit down, warm one (or three!) of these, smear with garlic infused butter and take a bite of heaven.
I didn’t make any radical changes in the recipe though thoughts of sun dried tomatoes, ham, and corn did cross my mind. But I stayed myself and added only a pinch of pepper and cayenne to spice it up a little. Of course, being a lover of basil, I couldn’t get myself to use the dried one. The freshly chopped basil seem to have really bumped the flavor.
Changes and variations: There is much you can do with this muffin: add bacon, ham, sun dried tomatoes, zucchini, garlic, buttered corn, sautéed mushrooms; your options are almost unlimited. I also baked these in a mini muffin pan which made for a perfect bite sized breakfast treat.
Over to the recipe: Tender, bursting with basil, hint of pepper smeared with butter makes these perfect for just about any day.
- Ricotta and Basil Muffin
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp dried basil
- 1 tsp salt
- Pinch of Pepper
- Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
- 1 cup Ricotta cheese
- 1 cup milk
- 1 large egg
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- Preheat the oven to 375F
- In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, dried basil, salt, pepper and cayenne set aside.
- In another bowl, combine the egg, milk, olive oil, sunflower oil and Ricotta cheese and whisk to blend.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the ricotta mixture.
- Stir with a fork just to combine.
- Spoon the muffins and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
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75 Responses to Muffin Monday: Ricotta Basil Muffin
Thank you for this lovely savory muffin! Happy Monday :)
Fresh basil is definitely the way to go! And I’m loving the addition of cayenne pepper too. Great muffin choice, as always :)
I have been thinking of what to do with fresh basil lately. Thanks for the muffin idea!
I could use some savory muffins…. Breakfast is getting boring! Sound delicious!
I was so bummed I couldn’t bake along this week but with Easter and all the family events and other gatherings just took over…You know I’m a sucker for savory muffins and a cheese fanatic so I’ll def have to give this one a try albeit belatedly. Happy MM:)
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What wonderful muffins – great change from sweet :D
Need to try them!
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These look great. I think they are savory but not too overwhelming that I wouldn’t be able to eat it in the morning. Plus I could have one with lunch and dinner as well. I cannot wait for my pot of basil to be ready for picking.
These sound perfect especially slathered in garlic butter. I’ve used fresh basil in tomato, but I’m really liking the more simple flavour of this one which allows the basil flavour to shine through.
These sound delicious! They would be so perfect with tomato soup! The ricotta must contribute a wonderful texture and basil is my favorite herb for the warm months.
I’m all about sweet, but this savory muffin sounds delicious! I love ricotta, can just imagine what it taete like in a muffin.
What a brilliant combination. Great! :-)
Oh wow – garlic butter smeared on these would have been FANTASTIC! Now look what you’ve done An…made me want to go whip up another batch of these muffins ;)
Hot stuff! I never thing of muffins as being savoury…that’s a failing! These look delish and I’m LOVING the garlic infused butter :)
You’re a lady after my own heart… I love a good sweet muffin.. but I am totally a savory kind of girl!! These rock!!
PS… check out my post from today… why because you deserve one!! :)
Aw.. Thanks Ramona! :)
Whata fantastic muffin. I love the idea of adding other goodies into it. I never thought of adding Ricotta Cheese to a muffin! Love it!!
What a great savory muffin. I’d love this one.
These sound really good.. like the suggestion of garlic butter to go with them!! i once had seen a recipe for tomato and feta muffins… about time i try a savoury muffin recipe!!!
These look and sound scrumptious! Love the addition of Cayenne too, for a little added zip!
I love your Monday Muffins Series… Such gorgeous creation to see..
This baby looks so so delicious!!!
Morning time watching this is so not good for me … Now I am hungry again!!!
I love savory muffins! Beautiful dish :)
These muffins sound heavenly! I love the idea of adding sun dried tomatoes. I was so looking forward to making these this week and I’m sad that I missed out. Things got a little crazy around here this week but I’ll need to make these either way, because they sound incredible. Great recipe!
Garlic-infused butter? Ricotta? Basil? I’m totally swooning over here–these look marvelous!
A beautiful combination of flavors. Delicious!!!
Looks Yumm and sounds soooo healthy! Will try it :)
What a lovely idea! I like ricotta in baking, but never had a savory version with herbs. I would love to try one of these. :)
Anything tastes better with ricotta, It makes the batter super moist and delicious. Great combination with the basil girlie!!!
Savoury muffins! I can gobble it all up ;-). Good thing basil grow fast around here this time of year!
These savory muffins are right up there with savory breads. Love them!
The muffin looks delicious! Must try it! I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award – http://www.yummyinspirations.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/breakfast-in-jar-versatile-blogger.html
Thanks Jolene! :)
Get out!! Basil Muffins!! I’m in – these sound great!
I always forget about the wonderful possibilities of savory muffins! These look awesome!
I love this! Sometimes I just want a break from sweet muffins, and this would be perfect! I think I’ll go with some ham in mine, thank you! :) Thanks for sharing!
These savoury muffins sound very healthy and flavourful.
You know, whenever I come over here I realize that I just don’t make muffins often enough, and muffins are really the perfect breakfast and snack food. And now you’ve made them the perfect accompaniment to a light lunch or dinner. These sound scrumptious!
Love savory muffins and these look wonderful. A great combination of flavors!
This post is inspiring me to try to work with different dairy products in baking. It seems like butter is the first go to, but there is so much more out there. Your ricotta muffins are a nice change from the sweet and this is a good base that opens the door to numerous variations. Delicious post!
its like the perfect combo of sweet and tangy! The color makes my heart melt and my stomach growl!
I love how versatile these muffins are! You could add so many different flavours to them! :)
Ooh, ricotta basil. Sounds like a great combo for a muffin.
This looks sooo good!! I’ve never had a muffin like this but now I’m inspired to make it. Would be so great instead of bread at a meal!
Mmmmm! My mom’s been begging me to make something savory, she would die for one of these muffins! The ricotta basil combo sounds fantastic!
Marvelous! That flavor combo is just perfect.
Thanks for sharing this recipe with us! I’m so happy to finally participate during a savoury week – and this one will be making a come-back in our household :) I couldn’t resist the allure of fresh basil either. The smell makes me weak in the knees!
Have a great week!
These sounds delicious! I always forget about savory muffins, but what a great combination.
I love this one too, Muffin Queen! I’d love to hangout in your kitchen.
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Hopped over from a friend’s blog – Love the name of your blog :) The these muffins are to die for :) happy I came by and hope to visit again – please do stop by/join my blog – look forward to seeing you there – Cheers, Priya
MMmmm!! You had me with the first paragraph…one of these delicious babies smeared with garlic infused butter, yes please!! They sound incredible! I love the use of ricotta too…amazing recipe!
I just told my hubby I need to make a savory muffin! I have some leftover veggies I was going to use:-) I love the idea of the basil in your muffin, my most favorite herb:-) Beautiful, Hugs, Terra
Basil and pepper? That is brilliant! I just love this one!
You read my mind,since I’ve been wanting to make savory muffins for quite sometime!Ricotta and basil work so well together and I can just imagine the delicious flavors of this beautiful breakfast Anu :)Thanks for sharing :)
What an awesome recipe love these flavors…nice job!
I love the idea of ricotta in baked goods. I tried a ricotta-blueberry muffin and failed… maybe I should just make these! :)
i loooove savory breakfasts so these muffins sound divine. love the idea of adding bacon or ham, yum. or, i think they’d even be great cut in half with a fried egg stuffed in the muddle. mmmm!
These are fabulous. I love ricotta in muffins – the texture is amazing. Going savory with basil is a great idea.
This sounds so delicious and looks super moist. A great breakfast and good for anytime of the day. Love the idea of using the ricotta cheese.
Great combination of ingredients! Savory muffins are always welcome in our house! Send me some??? :)
I had to Pin your ricotta basil muffin, just perfect!
Mmm, basil and ricotta. They sound amazing and look so pretty.
oh these sound great! great combination of flavors!
These sound wonderful…I can see having these any time of day…and what great options for tweaking them :) I bet you can make perfect muffins in your sleep~
I don’t do enough savory muffins. These sound like they have great flavor and would be wonderful!
I like the sound of this muffin and all the ingredients in it. It’s nice to have a savory muffin on occasion instead of sweet ones all the time. I could see having this at breakfast, lunch or dinner.
I’m curious is this your creation or from a cookbook? Either way I love it!
Thanks Vicki. Its not my creation but I found this scribbled in one of my books and I really don’t know whom to credit for this fabulous recipe.
Savory muffins.I have never made them. Your ideas are brilliant.
I have try baking more savory muffins, each time I saw one I wondering why I did not?
I’m still completely blown away that you can manage to come up with a muffin every single week! You should put them together in a cookbook called “Muffin Mondays.”
Until I started blog hopping, I never knew that muffins can be so versatile. This is me talking who doesn’t bake much. It totally opened a new world of muffins to me! Especially your Muffin Monday… I so enjoy Monday post. =D
I need this in my life. I have ricotta leftover (how did that happen) and this needs to come to my kitchen.
these are some flavored packed savory muffins!! love them!!
It´s hard to find a good savory muffin; these should be very moist because of the ricotta. I love to bake with it, and basil is perfect!
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