A Sweet Journey: Exploring the Delightful Pâte de Fruit

In the world of confectionery, there exists a treat that embodies the essence of pure fruit flavor, with a delightful chewy texture that tantalizes the taste buds. We're talking about Pâte de Fruit, a classic French fruit jelly candy that has been delighting palates for centuries. In this blog post, we will embark on a journey to discover the origins of Pâte de Fruit and learn how to make a mouthwatering Raspberry Pâte de Fruit from scratch.

The Origins of Pâte de Fruit

Pâte de Fruit, which translates to "fruit paste" in French, has a long and illustrious history. This delectable candy dates back to the Middle Ages when it was first created as a way to preserve the flavors of ripe fruit. In those times, sugar was a precious commodity, and preserving fruits in sugar was a way to enjoy their taste long after the harvest season had passed.

However, it was in 19th century France that Pâte de Fruit as we know it today began to take shape. French confectioners refined the technique of cooking fruit puree and sugar to create a candy with a delightful balance of sweet and tart flavors. Since then, Pâte de Fruit has become a beloved confectionery all around the world, admired for its intense fruit flavors and beautiful, jewel-like appearance.

How It's Made

Pâte de Fruit is made using a relatively simple process that requires just a few key ingredients: fruit puree, sugar, pectin, and acid (usually in the form of lemon juice). The art of making Pâte de Fruit lies in achieving the perfect balance of flavors and textures.

Here's a basic overview of the Pâte de Fruit-making process:


  • 500g of fruit puree (e.g., raspberries)
  • 500g of granulated sugar
  • 20g of pectin
  • 20ml of lemon juice
  • Additional sugar for coating
  1. Prepare the Fruit Puree: Start by selecting ripe, fresh fruit, and then puree it in a blender or food processor. In the case of Raspberry Pâte de Fruit, use 500g of ripe raspberries. Strain the puree to remove any seeds, leaving you with a smooth fruit base.
  2. Combine Ingredients: In a large saucepan, combine the fruit puree, granulated sugar, pectin, and lemon juice. Stir well to ensure that the ingredients are fully mixed.
  3. Cook the Mixture: Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook the mixture, stirring continuously, until it reaches a temperature of 107°C (225°F). This process should take about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Pour and Set: Once the mixture reaches the desired temperature, quickly pour it into a parchment-lined square baking pan. Smooth the surface with a spatula and let it cool at room temperature for several hours or overnight.
  5. Cut and Coat: Once the Pâte de Fruit has set and is firm to the touch, remove it from the pan and cut it into small, bite-sized squares. Roll each square in granulated sugar to coat all sides, giving them a beautiful, crystalline finish.
  6. Enjoy: Your Raspberry Pâte de Fruit is now ready to be enjoyed. Store them in an airtight container to keep them fresh.

Pâte de Fruit is a testament to the harmony that can be achieved when simplicity meets exquisite taste. With its rich history and straightforward recipe, it's a candy that anyone can enjoy making and savoring. So, the next time you're looking for a delightful and fruity treat, consider making your own Pâte de Fruit, and savor the sweet, tangy goodness of this timeless confection.

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