November 2, 2007

Pâte de Fruits And Fruit Leather

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Pate de Fruit & Fruit Leather
apple/apricot and apple/cranberry pâte de fruit and fruit leather

I have been looking for the perfect recipe for pâtes de fruits and quickly realized there's no such thing because while some fruits like cranberries, quinces, and most citrus have natural pectin, others need pectin powder and/or a little citric acid for the pâtes to set properly. I made the pectin-less recipe from my cookbook DESSERT CIRCUS AT HOME by Jacques Torres but almost got burnt by the blorp blorp blorping lava-like mixture. I did not want to spend an hour over the stove stirring while dressed in protective gear so I added 2 packets of liquid pectin. The paste set perfectly and after shaping and rolling in sugar, the fruit candies turned into these delightful little edible gems. I love the slightly chewy and crunchy (from the sugar) exterior and the soft incredibly fruity sweet center. The fruit leather recipe from the same cookbook is very good. I spread the cooked mixture a little bit thicker than fruit roll-ups. I love it too, specially the sweet and tart apple and cranberry which tastes like soft haw flakes. Hmm, what fruit shall I make into paste next, Philippine mango or raspberries?

If you have the time and the patience and have an obsessive personality like myself here are the recipes:

Apple Pâte de Fruits
3 apples, peeled
water
1¼ cup sugar plus extra for dusting
½ tablespoon butter
6 ounces liquid fruit pectin (2 pouches)
  • Line an 8 x 8 inch square pan with aluminum foil lightly sprayed with oil. Place apples in a medium sauce pan half filled with water. Poach apples for 25 minutes until soft, let cool slightly. Core apples and coarsely chop. Put in a blender and blend until uniform in texture. Pour the puréed apples in a medium saucepan, stir in the sugar and cook over medium heat stirring constantly for 4 minutes. Add the butter and continue to cook for 2 more minutes. Stir in the pectin. Immediately pour into the prepared pan. Let cool completely at room temperature or in the refrigerator.Cut into squares and roll in sugar. Variations: Use the same amount of sugar and pectin and procedure for 2 large quinces, increase poaching time to 45 minutes up to 1 hour until quince is very soft. Tint with red orange color paste, if desired. Replace 1 cup apple purée with 1 cup canned or fresh apricot purée or cranberry purée.
Quince Pate de Fruit
quince pâte de fruit

Fruit Leather (recipe adapted from DESSERT CIRCUS AT HOME by Jacques Torres)
1 cup strawberry purée
juice of ½ lemon
1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
¼ cup powdered pectin
  • Lightly spray a 16 x 24 inch piece of parchment paper with oil, set aside. Combine the strawberry and lemon juice in a stainless steel saucepan over medium-high heat. Combine the sugar and pectin and add to the purée. Whisk well to combine. Allow the mixture to come to a boil while stirring constantly and continue to boil for 3 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat and pour into the prepared pan. Using a large offset spatula, spread the mixture evenly over the parchment paper. Set aside to cool. It cools very quickly and develops a skin. For fruit roll-ups, cut into preferred size and simply roll one end into the other.
Strawberry Fruit Leather & Ravioli
strawberry fruit roll-up and mascarpone filled ravioli


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Sincerely, Fruit-cake-less

oggi said...

Hi anonymous,
Glad to hear you like the site. I have a fruit cake recipe here?, it is quite good. Let me know if this is the one you're looking for.:)

hellogolfy said...

Wow, these fruit snacks are awesome and I love the pictures you took. Thank you so much for sharing, I will definitely try to make them at home. I've spent way too much money on expensive fruit leathers (addicted to them).

Shirley said...

Oh how fun! These look incredible. They're so much healthier than the usual dried fruit leathers in the stores.

Anonymous said...

I just made the apple pate de fruit recipe above and it was an epic fail. The jellies didn't set and I believe it was due to the fact that the instructions don't specify to bring the mixture up to a boil and cook for one more minute at that point after stirring in the pectin.
Pectin needs to be cooked. Stirring it into a hot liquid and pouring immediately into a pan to set doesn’t work. At least not in this case.

Oggi said...

Anonymous @12/2/12,
Sorry to hear that.

The pate de fruits recipe uses liquid pectin which is used in most cooked fruit jam or jelly recipes. Unlike powdered pectin, it is added after the mixture has been brought to a boil. You can read more on how to properly use liquid pectin from Certo website or a box of liquid pectin. Hope that helps.

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