Lavender Blueberry Pear Pâté de Fruits

by Laura on December 12, 2010

I first had pâté de fruits in France when I was in college.  My Dear Husband and I, then dating, rented a car in Calais with no plan and no reservations except for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and set off to wander for a month.  It was pure bliss.  Our little rented Renault puttered along, and we stayed in homey digs to save our money for the best food we could afford.  I discovered many things on that trip, not least of which is the fact that my husband is the best travel partner I could dream up.   He was in charge of speaking French, I was in charge of reading French menus, and I learned enough German before the trip to ask for a Doppelzimmer mit Bad and to muddle through ordering at a restaurant.  To be so free again!

This is a beautiful candy from start to finish.  The pears bob in a lovely, deep purple sugar syrup alongside the blueberries until they are the same deep hue.  The puree is smooth and fragrant.  And the finished candy is a burst of fruit against a floral background.  It takes a little while to cook down the puree, but the process is otherwise quick, and the results so worth your time.  Pâté de fruits is often shaped into miniature versions of the fruit it embodies, but this version is much simpler.  Whenever I make it, it brings back memories of our long and wonderful trip together so many years ago.

This recipe is part of the Cookie Baking and Candy Making Plan for Christmas 2010 (here).

Music for making pate de fruits for Christmas
En la Fete de Noel, traditional French carols performed by La Petite Bande de Montréal under director Martin Dagenais

    Resources for hard-to-find ingredients here.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kris Jacobson December 13, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Your trip sounds wonderful.
And the color of the delicacy is luciously gorgeous.

2 Sophia December 13, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Beautiful pictures!

3 brian June 5, 2013 at 6:19 pm

hi laura,
thanks for sharing this awesome pâté de fruits. I made this yesterday for a wedding next week. the flavor is excellent, however it doesn’t set. first of all, I double the amount since I need more than 150 pieces. secondly I cut down the sugar to half. actually it never got thicken even though I simmered for over an hour and half. how can I save this pâté?

4 Laura June 6, 2013 at 9:30 am

I’m sorry you didn’t have success with the recipe. I suspect you may need the sugar to aid the setting process. At this point I would try adding lemon juice and/or additional pectin. Good luck with it!

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