Monday, August 29, 2011

Nectarine Thyme Fruits de Pate

nectarine thyme fruits de pate recipe from cherryteacakes.com
Good morning! I am about three days late on posting my daring bakers challenge for the month. Yes, I'm a bad person. There was a hurricane....that hardly affected me, but still. It was rainy, windy, and I just had no desire to stare at my computer long enough to post the daring bakers challenge! I'm a sad lazy blogger. At least I participated! I didn't entirely phone it in.

This was my first experience making fruits de pate. OMG. EASY! I just love treats that look astounding and require little more than boiling. I just love it. Throw these five things into a pan, boil to a temperature and done. Perfect!

I'm so excited to play around with this more! Enjoy!

The August 2011 Daring Bakers’ Challenge was hosted by Lisa of Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drive and Mandy of What the Fruitcake?!. These two sugar mavens challenged us to make sinfully delicious candies! This was a special challenge for the Daring Bakers because the good folks at http://www.chocoley.com offered an amazing prize for the winner of the most creative and delicious candy!
Nectarine Thyme Fruits de Pate

13 oz nectarine puree
1 tablespoon Lemon juice, fresh
2 cups Granulated White Sugar
3-4 tablespoons  Liquid Pectin
1 handful fresh thyme

Prepare an 8”x8”  pan by lining it with aluminium foil or parchment paper and spraying it with non-stick cooking spray.


Pour the puree into a medium saucepan. Stir in the lemon juice and 1/2 cup of the sugar, place the pan over medium-high heat, and insert a candy thermometer.

Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until it is hot, around 140°F. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of sugar and the liquid pectin, and lower the heat to medium.

Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture registers 200°F. At this point, turn the heat to low and hold it at 200°F for 2-3 minutes. After this, return the heat to medium and bring it up to 225°F. This process will take some time, especially with the heat on medium, so have patience and be diligent in stirring frequently so the bottom doesn't scorch.

Once the fruit paste reaches 225°F, add the thyme and turn the heat to low and keep it at that temperature for an additional 2-minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and scrape the pate de fruit mixture into the prepared pan, smoothing it into an even layer.

Allow the pate de fruit mixture to set at room temperature for several hours, until completely cool and firm. Use a sharp knife to cut it into very small squares, and roll the individual pieces in granulated sugar.

The pate de fruits can be served immediately, or refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week. If refrigerated, the pieces may need to be re-rolled in granulated sugar before serving.

18 comments:

  1. lovely combination! sure yummy too! great challenge!

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  2. Wow this looks so good. I still have to post mine. So behind right now. Love these challenges. Makes me push my comfort zone which is a good thing.

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  3. These look really tasty! They look a little like Turkish Delight, are they similar?

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  4. It looks great.. and hope u all safe there..

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  5. You've made it sound soo easy that I am going to try these tonight. :) Love the addition of Thyme. Thanks for the recipe.

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  6. Your photograph is exquisite! What beautiful gifts they would make. And a little bit extra-special with the thyme.

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  7. Wow. These are beautiful! For something so easy...you really have the knack to make them look so special! : )

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  8. love the nectarine/thyme combination. beautiful!

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  9. These are just beautiful, and the flavor combination sounds divine!

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  10. These are beautiful! I should have tried the Fruits de Pate as one of the candies I made, as it seems way less messy. Great job :)

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  11. This is so cute and delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. these look sooooooooo cool! I had no idea making candies like this was so easy! I want to try this, but will need to find candy eaters to indulge in them (I personally am a chocoholic - candy just doesn't do it for me :) ).

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  13. Enticing little gems! Nectarine and thyme are a great flavor combination. When can I try one?

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  14. Very nice.Yours turned out beautifully. I am going to give your boiling/holding method a try as I have not been successful with Pate de fruit to date. Wish me luck.

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  15. Gorgeus, Jana...so glad it worked out well for you. Nectarine with thyme sounds lovely and your photo is beautiful! Love how you tied them together with one without sugar to show the thyme :)

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  16. Those look amazing. I've never had sweets with thyme in them, but of all the herbs, I can see it. Thanks for the recipe.

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  17. GORGEOUS photo! Absolutely love your food styling...so pretty! If you don't mind me asking, how did you make the nectarine puree? Is is sweetened? Thanks heaps! :)

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  18. how adorable and delicious sounding. lovely!

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