Mespilus, is one of the unappreciated fruits. In Europe they call it often nespoli or in English medlar. It grows everywhere and if you set your mind to it you can easily find it to buy, they are several different sorts out there.
I did remember that I ate medlars for the last time twenty something years ago. So, not so popular and totally unfair.
As it comes out, it is super healthy fruit, especially for kids.
So me and my curiosity led me to buy some. They taste really great on their own, like sourly sweet or just refreshing.
I would have eaten them just like this, but my husband was not so trilled about the peeling off the skin and since men are like children and I need to do peel them before he eats them, I decided to bake them in a cake and see how it goes.
I took an upside down cake recipe and adjusted it.
You will need:
For the caramel syrup:
3 tbsp. brown sugar
40 gr. butter
For the batter:
2 big eggs
1/2 cups sugar
60 gr. butter room temp.
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. grinned linseeds
1 tsp. vanilla extract
7 big medlars or 14 small ones /easily test in your spring form how many they fit halved/
Basically you peel the medlars like you peel an avocado, with one difference, it has two seeds. Cut them in half, remove the seeds, then peel the skin off and ready to rock.
In a small pot melt the butter with the brown sugar for the syrup and let it cook until it thickens, you might need to keep an eye on it.
Lay your spring form with baking paper.
Put the oven to 160 C.
Pour the syrup in the form and arrange the medlar halves with the inside parts facing you.
In a bowl mix the rest of the butter with the eggs and the sugar with an electric mixer or in a food pro. Add the flour, baking powder, vanilla extract and linseeds to the batter. Mix well.
Pour over the medlars the cake batter, if needed smooth the surface even.
Put in the oven for at least 30 min. or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool the cake on a rack.
Turn it upside down and if you can resist let it chill in the fridge for a couple of hours.
In short about medlars, they were popular and eaten in the Medieval era also Shakespeare wrote about them. Many refer to it as the forgotten fruit.
Do not be ignorant be curious, go to the market and ask around, you will be surprised, pleasantly.
Cheers have a nice one.