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Easy loquat muffins recipe

Loquat muffins, loaded with fresh loquats and topped with sparkling sugar are mixed by hand and ready in about 30 minutes. This recipe makes 9 large bakery-style muffins – perfect for lazy weekend mornings when you’re craving something warm and sweet with your coffee.

Loquat muffins on white background.

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The muffin method

The muffin method, which isn’t just for muffins, is simple.

  1. Dry ingredients in one bowl
  2. Wet ingredients in another bowl
  3. Pour wet into dry
  4. Stir just until it’s all incorporated
  5. Bake your muffins

Whether you are a beginner level baker or a seasoned pro, this recipe works for everyone. Muffins are a great starting point for those that are new to baking because they don’t require anything more than a bit of mixing and stirring.

Fresh muffins with loquats on cooling rack.

How to make loquat muffins

One word of advice when making this loquat muffin recipe – make sure that the wet ingredients are room temperature before you start.

Why this matters – If the wet ingredients are cold, the melted butter will immediately clump up instead of incorporating properly into the mixture. When everything is room temperature, this doesn’t happen.

First, combine wet ingredients in a medium bowl. Then, whisk together dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

Next, add wet ingredients into flour mixture and fold them together with a rubber spatula. It’s ok if you have a few lumps or small spots of flour.

Baked muffins in tin.

Like my blueberry pound cake recipe, we’ll add a bit of batter to the bottom of each muffin cup before folding the loquats into the batter. Doing this creates a “cushion”, so the pieces of fresh loquat don’t sink to the bottom.

Once the papers are filled with muffin batter, sprinkle them generously with turbinado sugar and bake.

Ingredients for loquat muffins

Flour – I used King Arthur all purpose flour, but Gold Medal and White Lily are also excellent brands.

Baking powder and baking soda – each have their own job in the recipe, they are both leaveners to give our muffins the oomph they need to rise nice and tall.

Butter – always use unsalted butter, so you are the one controlling the amount of salt in the recipe.

Ingredients for loquat muffin recipe.

Vanilla – pure vanilla extract is best, avoid the imitation stuff.

Loquats – Look for dark yellow fruit, that’s a sign of ripeness.

Sugar – regular, granulated sugar.

Raw sugar – also called turbinado sugar or demerara sugar, is used for sprinkling on top.

Eggs – I used large eggs.

Yogurt – used for moisture and tang, it also makes the muffins tender.

Salt – I used fine sea salt.

Turbinado sugar close up.

Tools and equipment

Muffin recipes require very little in terms of equipment and tools. You’ll only need the basics, but the cookie scoop is one of the most used tools in my kitchen, so I highly recommend it.

To make things even easier, I use tulip baking cups to line my muffin pan. As you can see in the photos, the loquat muffins don’t stick. This is very important, because I don’t want to miss out on a single morsel.

Muffins in brown tulip liner papers.

Frequently asked questions

Can I freeze these muffins?

Muffins freeze really well. To freeze some for later, place them on a sheet pan and freeze for an hour. Wrap tightly and store in the freezer for about a month.

Why add yogurt to muffins?

Yogurt adds moisture and acid to the batter. It keeps the loquat muffins tender and the acid helps to activate the baking soda.

Can I use sour cream instead of yogurt?

Yes. You can replace it with the same amount of sour cream.

Muffin in paper liner, cut open.

More muffin recipes

Muffins are a great grab and go breakfast, afternoon snack or evening treat with a cup of tea. If you also have a love affair with these simple baked goods, check out a few of my other muffin recipes.

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Loquat muffin recipe

Cheryl Bennett
Loquat muffins are mixed by hand and ready in about 30 minutes.
4.65 from 17 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Course Muffin recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 9 large muffins
Calories 274 kcal


  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour / 8.75 ounces
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh loquats peeled, seeded and quartered (*SEE NOTE)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. turbinado raw sugar


  • Preheat oven to 375°F / 190°C / Gas Mark 5.
  • Line a muffin tin with 9 paper liners, or butter 9 wells, if not using liners.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, sugar, yogurt, eggs and vanilla. Set aside.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour.
  • Pour wet ingredients into flour mixture and fold with a rubber spatula to combine.
  • Drop 2 tbsp. of batter into the bottom of each muffin liner.
  • Gently fold loquats into the remaining batter and fill muffin tin.
  • Sprinkle the tops with turbinado sugar and bake for 22 – 25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through to ensure even baking.
  • Remove from tin and place on cooling rack.


Before peeling loquats, fill a small bowl with cold water and squeeze a couple tablespoons of lemon juice into the water. As you peel and seed the loquats, drop them into the lemon water to keep them from turning brown.


Serving: 1gCalories: 274kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 5gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 339mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18g
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