Medlar Tart


This medlar tart is both deliciously fresh and sweet at the same time. This old-fashioned dessert of “forgotten fruit” is easy to make, and very tasty.

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Medlar tart
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2023-06-15, this recipe is for 12 people and takes 50 minutes.

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50 minutes 12 people Pie and cake
Medlar tart


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  • 22 medlars or loquats (Japanese medlars)
  • 225 grams room temperature butter
  • 225 grams sugar + 2 additional tablespoons
  • 1 orange (zest grated)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 large eggs
  • 450 grams flour + 1 additional tablespoon
Medlar tart ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • Tart tin with a loose bottom
  • Oven
  • Silicone brush
  • Stand mixer or hand mixer + large bowl
  • Spatula
  • Chopping board + chef’s knife
  • Citrus juicer

Medlar Tart

50 minutes 12 people Pie and cake

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Preparation 15 minutes

Grease the tart tin with butter and dust with flour. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees celsius or 375 fahrenheit.

Add the butter to the bowl of the stand mixer. Add 225 grams of sugar and beat at high speed until you have a smooth mixture.

Grate the orange and add the zest to the butter together with a pinch of salt. Mix well and then add the eggs one at a time.

Mix on medium-high speed until the mixture is smooth again. Add the flour gradually and keep mixing until you have a smooth batter. Pour the cake batter into the greased tart tin.

Clean the medlars under cold running water and remove the seeds. It is best to do this with a small knife. Then you can also remove the crowns and the skin around the pips.

Cut the medlars in half, if they are very large it is better to quarter them. Press the medlar pieces into the tart batter. Start on the outside and work your way in.

Medlar tart
Medlar tart

Baking the medlar tart 35 minutes

Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar over the tart and bake it for half an hour in the preheated oven. When the tart is nicely golden brown, take it out of the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before removing the tart tin.

Best served immediately, as the medlar tart tastes best when it is still lukewarm. Enjoy!

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Medlar Tart: frequently asked questions

What are medlars?

Medlars are a type of fruit, related to apples and pears. They belong to the “forgotten fruits”.

What types of medlar are there?

Besides the common medlar, which ripens in the autumn, there is also the Japanese medlar (loquat). These are yellow / orange in colour and ripen in the spring.

What does a medlar taste like?

The standard medlar tastes fresh and sweet, like an extra fresh type of apple or pear with a hint of apricot. The loquats taste more like a cross between plums and apricots.