Flowers and food

This post was inspired by foxgloves blooming in our garden and a recipe for three-cheeses biscuits I promised to my sister. So here are the plants that are blooming right now, the recipe for the biscuits, and a recipe for cupcakes that uses some ricotta cheese left over from after I made the biscuits. The aroma while these cupcakes were baking was as delightful as their taste.

Three-cheeses biscuits

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
2 jumbo eggs
3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup whole milk mozzarella, shredded

Makes about 15 biscuits


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 415ºF.
  2. In a small bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk eggs, then add ricotta cheese and olive oil, mix well. Add the flour and mix.
  4. Add shredded cheddar and mozzarella, mix well (the dough might be a little sticky, but it is easy to work with).
  5. Form balls from dough and put them on the parchment paper about an inch apart. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until they are golden in color. Let the biscuits cool a bit before eating.

Chocolaty ricotta cupcakes

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 stick (100 g) softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 jumbo eggs
2 tablespoons brandy
1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese

Makes about 12 cupcakes


  1. Line 12 muffins cups with paper liners. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa into a bowl.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, add eggs and brandy and mix again (I use a food processor).
  4. Add 1/3 of the flour and mix, then add ½ cup of ricotta cheese and mix. Repeat ending with the flour.
  5. Fill the muffin cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

The cupcakes were eaten with great enthusiasm even though they were without frosting.


Mountain Laurel in our garden

Blackberry blooming in our garden

Hybrid tea rose in our garden

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