Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Loaf Recipe

By Diane Rossen Worthington | March 13th, 2024

A happy bread and a burst of springtime

Seriously Simple: Blueberry lemon ricotta loaf is a spring treat

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Loaf is a “happy bread that felt like a burst of springtime with its lemony elements of zest and extract,” says cookbook author Diane Rossen Worthington. Plus, it’s “Seriously Simple to put together” for breakfast, snack, dessert, or a Mother’s Day brunch.

On a cold, rainy morning, I was doing errands and hadn’t eaten breakfast. I stopped in this little coffee shop and eyed a lush, blueberry quick bread in the window. I asked for a slice along with a foamy cappuccino.

As I took a bite, I wondered how the baker had developed such a rich, moist quick bread. I asked the baker and discovered that his trick was using ricotta cheese. He said it offered a creaminess and moistness that other dairy products like buttermilk or sour cream didn’t achieve.

As I left the coffee shop, I decided I was going to reproduce this happy bread that felt like a burst of springtime with its lemony elements of zest and extract. After three tries, I can tell you that this recipe is ready for prime time. And it is Seriously Simple to put together. Serve it for breakfast, for a snack, at tea time or enjoy as a pick-me-up when your energy is waning. This would also be wonderful for a Mother’s Day brunch.

A few tips

  • Baker’s spray makes quick work for greasing baking pans.
  • Use a piece of foil or parchment for the measured dry ingredients for easy clean-up.
  • Whenever I am baking, I use a whisk to lighten the flour before measuring.
  • Make sure to have fresh baking soda and powder for full leavening power.
  • I always use unsalted butter because it doesn’t have preservatives and is fresher.
  • Combining lemon and vanilla extract gives the loaf subtle tartness and sweetness.
  • Whole milk ricotta gives the loaf a very rich flavor.
  • Whenever I am working with berries to put into a cake, I always dust them with flour, so they won’t sink in the batter as it bakes. Remember to remove any excess flour (strain the berries after they are coated).

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Loaf

Serves 8 to 10


  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon minced lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese (whole milk preferred)
  • 1 1/2 cup blueberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a 9–by-5-inch nonstick loaf pan all over with baker’s spray. Sift 1 3/4 cups flour, the baking soda, and the baking powder together in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed or in a food processor fitted with the metal blade, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in the eggs, zest and lemon and vanilla extract and mix until well blended.
  3. Reduce the mixer to the lowest speed, add half the flour mixture, and mix until well combined. Add half the ricotta, mixing constantly, and then add the rest of the flour and ricotta.
  4. Combine the blueberries in a small bowl and sprinkle over the 2 tablespoons flour; coat the berries with the flour. Remove excess flour. Fold the berries evenly into the batter, making sure not to break up the berries. If using a food processor, pulse a few times to just blend together and keeping berries whole.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and bake for about 55 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack. When cool, place on a rectangular platter, slice and serve.

Diane Rossen Worthington is an authority on new American cooking. She is the author of 18 cookbooks, including “Seriously Simple: Easy Recipes for Creative Cooks” and “Seriously Simple Parties,” and a James Beard Award-winning radio show host. You can contact her at

© 2024 Diane Rossen Worthington. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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