These are the loquats that I picked from my tree last weekend. I had no idea what to do with them at first and I knew I had to use them all or else they would go bad since they are completely organic and once picked they tend to go pretty fast.
I thought about making marmalade but again it probably wouldn't keep for that long since I wouldn't be using any preservatives so I kept looking for some ideas and I stumbled upon this...
Ok then! I decided to try making a loquat pie and see just how amazing they really are!
...Pretty amazing I have to admit.
Begin by peeling and de-seeding the loquats cutting them into fourths. This takes some time but it's not as bad as it seems.
I used about 4 cups of loquats. Add to a pot with about 2 cups of water and let cook on medium heat for 15 - 20 minutes.
Next make a mixture of:
1 cup of sugar,
1/2 cup of all purpose flour,
1 teaspoon of cinnamon,
1/2 teaspoon of ginger,
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg,
1 teaspoon of vanilla
pinch of salt.
Once the loquats are cooked through add the flour mixture and continue stirring until it thickens up nicely.
After about a couple minutes the filling is ready. Set aside and let cool while you make the pie crust. My kitchen was smelling so good at this point and it was at that time I realized that this recipe was a keeper!
I used the pie recipe found here and used half of the ingredients because I only made the bottom portion of the pie crust and for the top I made a crumble crust by mixing 1 stick of room temperature butter, 1 cup of all purpose flour, 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Mix until crumbly and cover the pie.
Bake in a preheated oven for 350° for 30 minutes. It you see the top start to brown too much cover with aluminum foil.
I decorated with some powdered sugar and served with vanilla ice cream :-)
and with this I think I might have to agree with Kristen Stewart...loquats make the best pies!