Pâté de fruits is a French chewy fruit candy. This sweet treat is a little work to make, but the result is delicious and well worth it. Try these blueberry pear pâté de fruits for your next gathering!
2 pounds Anjou pears
1 pound frozen blueberries
4 cups sugar, divided
½ cup water
6 tablespoons pectin
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil.
- Wash, peel, core, and slice pears in half.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together pears, blueberries, 2 cups of sugar, and water. Simmer gently until pears are quite tender, about 20 minutes.
- Allow the mixture to cool slightly. Then purée in a blender or food processor, in batches if necessary, until it is very smooth.
- Combine pectin with one cup of sugar.
- Return the purée to the saucepan and add lemon juice and sugar/pectin mixture.
- Bring to a low simmer and cook, stirring frequently, especially as it reduces, until the mixture is quite thick, about one hour. It should part briefly when you run a wooden spoon down the middle.
- Scrape the purée into prepared square pan and smooth the surface with a spatula.
- Allow to cool at room temperature for an hour. Then cover and refrigerate for two hours, or up to two weeks.
- When ready to serve, place remaining 1 cup sugar in a dish. Invert the pâté de fruits onto a cutting board and slice into ¾” squares. Roll the squares in sugar.
- Pâté will keep in the refrigerator for about two weeks.
If you love fruit dishes, try out this Vegan French Toast with Berry Compote.
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