Red Wine Pate de Fruit

by Urvashee on February 13, 2014 · 0 comments

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I love chocolate but I thought I’d try something fruity for a change. Have you ever had pate de fruit? They are chewy fruit jellies made with fruit puree and that has been cooked down with sugar. Once it is poured and cooled, they are cut and dusted with sugar. They end up looking like pretty jewels.

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Usually, they come out nice and vibrant when using fruit purees. These happen to be a little deeper because they are made with red wine instead of a pure fruit juice. Many pate de fruit recipes require specific cooking temperatures and stirring for sometimes over 30 minutes. I’ll be honest, I did not experiment with this recipe multiple times. It happen to thicken up very quickly and I did not even measure the temperature.

pate-du-vin-3I have a feeling this might have to do with the pectin I used. I used a powdered form called Pomona’s Universal Pectin. I guessed at the amount I was suppose to use. It comes with calcium that works by first dissolving in water and then added to the mixture in order to activate the pectin. I didn’t include it in the recipe below because it is specific to this brand. Full disclosure: this recipe may still need a little tweaking. I just wanted to share it in case you are feeling adventurous and want to make something cute and pretty for Valentine’s Day.

Red Wine Pate de Fruit

Ingredients:
3 oz unsweetened applesauce
8oz red wine
1 oz corn syrup
3 oz pectin
12 oz sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
extra sugar for dusting

Method:

Lay a 9 inch tart ring over a piece of parchment paper to use as a mold. If you don’t have one use a small tray lined with parchment. Leave an overhang so you can easily remove pate de fruit. In a separate bowl, thoroughly combine the pectin with about a third of the sugar. In a medium sauce pan, blend the applesauce, wine, corn syrup and corn syrup. Add the pectin and sugar mixture, heat and bring to a boil while stirring. Add the remaining sugar and bring it back to a boil for another 1-2 minutes while whisking. Add the lemon juice, mix and pour it into your tray or mold quickly so that it spreads evenly. Let it cool completely. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters or nice neat rectangles with a sharp knife. Dust with sugar. Store in an airtight container. You may want to hold off on dusting with sugar until just before serving or the sugar may melt into the candy.

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