Thursday, June 26, 2008

Pineapple Pate de Fruit

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Pate de Fruit literally translated means "a paste of fruit". If you have ever had Knox Blocks, then you are close, but Pate de Fruit is an elegant grown up fruit paste made with pure unsweetened fruit puree, sugar and unflavored gelatin. It's very easy to make if you already have the unsweetened fruit puree on hand. Wanting to find a simple recipe for pate de fruit that didn't require pureeing fruit or ordering fruit purees from a speciality store, I began searching online. After looking at numerous recipes, I found one which used fruit preserves, marmalades or jams as a substitute for the fruit puree. Since these fruit concoctions are sweetened, the amount of sugar necessary to make a proper pate de fruit is decreased.

Pineapple Pate de Fruit

8 leaves gelatin
2/3 cup, water, divided
3/4 cup, granulated sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup pineapple preserves
vegetable oil cooking spray
caster or superfine sugar for coating.

Coat a 4 inch square dish with cooking spray. Set aside

Soften gelatin in 1/3 cup water. Set aside. In a heavy saucepan, combine remaining 1/3 cup water and 3/4 cup sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. Add the pineapple preserves, stirring until melted. Add softened gelatin, stirring again until gelatin melts. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat and pour into prepared dish. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours for the pate de fruit to firm up. Before cutting into squares or fancy shapes, coat the top of the pate de fruit with a layer of the superfine sugar. Use a wet knife to facilitate the cutting process. After cutting into shapes, roll in the superfine sugar to coat. Uncoated pate de fruits can be kept for a week in a tightly closed container.

Recipe adapted from Melinda Lee.

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7 comments:

Deborah said...

I have never had these before - they look too gorgeous to eat!

Patricia Scarpin said...

These are something I have never tried and would love to - tks for sharing!

Susie Homemaker said...

Didn't you just LOVE this challenge? I am so glad I got to do it...and yours looks GREAT - and the pics are fantastic!

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Amelia PS said...

sounds great (first time visiting your AWESOME blog!).
what would you say the equivalent to leaves of gelatin is to powder? and have you ever tried with pectin?

Tim Cray said...

WOW ! its really great post.I love Pineapple pate de fruit , thanks for sharing this post...
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