Strawberry and Rhubarb Pate De Fruit

Strawberry Rhubarb Pate De Fruit

As I woke up this morning, I quickly put on my shoes and ran downstairs to get the boat ready for a little outing. We were indeed rushing, grabing pieces of buttered toast and ushering the dogs up and down the stairs. You see it’s rain season here, so every opportunity to be out and about in a dry and sunny moment is fully taken advantage of. We got all the way to the boat landing and all of a sudden the clouds darkened and the skies broke lose. B. looked at me, hands open to the sky, raising his shoulders as if to say “sorry sweets, not today”.

No big deal, being flexible is the name of the game in June around here but there is plenty for me to do to actually tie myself to a chair instead of going around playing on the water (more on that at the end of this post). When things don’t go as planned, there are ways to make the situation a little sweeter. Tons sweeter. Little confections like pate de fruits are especially good to turn grey skies into sunshine, if only in your head. More so if the they take advantage of the seasonal bounty around you as in these Strawberry and Rhubarb Pate De Fruits (fruit paste candy).

The town of Provence I am from, Apt, is known as the capital of fruits confits (candied fruits) and subsequently as a great pate de fruit producer. We take that craft very seriously and we just don’t go to a patisserie to buy them. Non, non, non…we go to a confiserie. I feel like I have turned my kitchen into one these days stirring as many pate de fruit batches as I have. Friends and family have been dropping off pounds after pounds of ripe local strawberries, rhubarb, peaches, apricots that have ended up in pate de fruits at some point or another during the week.

Pate De Fruit

I usually make pate de fruit the way confiseurs have been making it for generations, cooking and stirring only 3 ingredients together: fruit, sugar and lemon juice. If you think about these items cooked down to make a paste, you can suspect it usually takes quite some time. During the winter or early spring, that’s not a big problem but given that we are in and out getting things done according to the rain and tide schedules these days, it’s safe to assume, I took a bit of a time shortcut for a couple of batches by using pectin. Inexpensive and easy to find liquid pectin to be exact.

There are as many recipes for pate de fruit as there are people making them. Some call for apple pectin, yellow pectin or simply nothing. Let’s face it, if you know you are not going to be making pate de fruit often, it’s easier and more economical to get good old liquid pectin than the others for the same result (if you are not going to go the 100% natural route that is). The trick is to learn how to cook the pectin differently, by bringing your fruit mixture to the right temperature in stages. I also have to say my pocket book is screaming “I love you” to the liquid one.

I had planned on showing Jen how to make pate de fruit during my visit to her place in Colorado without knowing that she had always wanted to try her hand at them. Well, Colorado did not happen because the organization hiring B. royally messed up on all fronts possible. Another thing not going as planned. Another reason to practice flexibility. I still went ahead and made pate de fruit, assuring Jen I’d post about them this week.

Obviously I am running a bit behind, busy wrapping up book edits. I have this vision of her tapping her foot on the floor, hands on her hips, telling me “it’s about time girlfriend!” But again, I know Jen is busy running the trails and enjoying the outdoors and I have to say I can’t blame her considering where she lives.

Oops! Sun’s out again…I am out of here! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Strawberry Rhubarb Pate de Fruit

One year ago: Strawberry Lemon Thyme Shortcakes.
Two years ago: Pink Fraise Tagada Macarons.

Strawberry And Rhubarb Pate de Fruit:

Notes: I use store brand liquid pectin so I can’t vouch for how others might behave. I use a large stainless steel pot so the evaporation and cooking could happen faster (much like with making mava). I recommend not straining the fruit in a fine mesh colander otherwise you are at it for a week. I use one with medium sized holes just to make sure I get rid of any pieces of fruit that has not been pureed properly.
For a superb pectin free recipe, follow this recipe posted by the awesome Anita from Married with Dinner.

6.5 oz (190gr) strawberries, cleaned and hulled
6.5 oz (190gr) rhubarb, cleaned
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cups (400gr) sugar, divided
2.5 tablespoons liquid pectin

Line a 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
Roughly chop the strawberries and rhubard and puree them really well in a food processor. Strain the fruits over a heavy saucepan and add the lemon juice. Stir in 1/2 cup (100gr) saugar and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat and cook until its temperature register 113F, stirring constantly. Add the remaining 1.5 cups (300gr) sugar and the pectin to the pot and slowly bring the mixture to 200F, still over medium high heat while stirring constantly. Turn the heat down a bit and keep the mixture at 200F for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the heat back up and slowly bring the mixture to 223F. Keep it there for an additional 2-3 minutes (turn the heat down if necessary to do so). Remove from the heat and immediately pour the mixture into your pan lined with parchment paper. Let set for a couple of hours. Cut shapes with a sharp knife and roll the pieces of pate de fruit in sugar. Refrigerate if not eating all of them at once.

On another note, after many requests by some of you to know if I sold my pictures as prints, I finally took the time to set up a shop on etsy called Delicious Images where I have uploaded some of my favorites from this blog as well as many still life pictures and some never seen on this site yet. Thank you for asking about that and thank you for your support and readership. You guys are the best!





96 responses to “Strawberry and Rhubarb Pate De Fruit”

  1. Rachael Hutchings Avatar
    Rachael Hutchings

    Oooooh, I haven't had pate de fruit in forever! Actually, it was maybe the last time I was in Provence…2000? WAY TOO LONG! I'm going to have to make some–thanks!

  2. Unknown Avatar

    These and rice puddings require just so much stirring but are so very worth it. Amazing pictures and a great way to take classic flavors and do something so old school and yet new. =)

  3. Engineer Baker Avatar
    Engineer Baker

    The one time I've tried to make these, they didn't set up quite right. I'm thinking it's time to try again. Sorry things went all haywire and you couldn't go to CO, but hopefully the fates will make it up to you so you can come to BlogHer in Sep 🙂

  4. Deb Mele Avatar
    Deb Mele

    I have always wanted to make this type of candy but just never seemed to get around to it. Your gorgeous photos have convinced me that this summer I will be trying it out with a number of different fruits. I am not sure if I can find pectin in Italy though so I may have to do it the old fashioned way without.

  5. maybelle's mom Avatar
    maybelle's mom

    I adore pate de fruits. With 1.5 little ones, I don't see myself making them anytime soon. At least, I have your pictures.

  6. Simply Mel {Reverie} Avatar
    Simply Mel {Reverie}

    Pate de fruits are one of my favorite indulgences! And then you go and make my ultimate favorite combo of rhubarb and strawberry – I'm over the edge with longing now! Gorgeous photos, and delightful post. My mouth is watering…

  7. Anonymous Avatar

    Can't wait to harvest my rhubarb and give this a try.
    If I do not have pectin, how should I proceed?

  8. Fee ist mein Name Avatar
    Fee ist mein Name

    Yummy… I never saw them in Germany. So I think I'm going to try them…

  9. Snooky doodle Avatar
    Snooky doodle

    these look nice and the photos awesome. I don t blame you on enjoying the nice weather outside. Have a good time 🙂

  10. Gis Avatar

    ooooh yeaaaah 😀 😀 😀 prints!!

  11. Rosa's Yummy Yums Avatar
    Rosa's Yummy Yums

    Fantastic! They look stunning and must taste so good!



  12. Kerrin @ MyKugelhopf Avatar
    Kerrin @ MyKugelhopf

    Oh my, these photos are just gorgeous, really, wow ! I am a huge fan of pate de fruits – and have tried my hand at them a few times. Never did come out as perfectly as those I've tasted at Hediard or other fine confiseries in France. Speaking of which, my parents visited Apt a few years ago and brought me back a nice collection of fruits confits – miam miam, I can still taste them! How lucky that you are from there! Hope to get there one day myself !

    Ok, can't wait to get to the market Tuesday morning and stock up on fresh strawberries and rhubarb. So excited to try the recipe, merci beaucoup !!

  13. Cindy Avatar

    they look so delicious and i love your photos, as always! xo. c

  14. Callie Grayson Avatar
    Callie Grayson

    mmm my favorite, then to top it off Rhubarb and strawberry! yummy. I have been eating rhubarb and strawberries all week.
    beautiful photos!

  15. Neuroknitter Avatar


  16. bridget {bake at 350} Avatar
    bridget {bake at 350}

    I love that first photo! I wish I could reach out and grab one of those!!! I've never made anything like this before, but it looks fun…thanks for the recipe!

  17. Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul Avatar
    Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul

    A wonderful, informative post Helen…thank you for explaining the mystery behind pectin and its use in this recipe. The strawberry and rhubarb combination sounds delicious.

  18. Ciao Chow Linda Avatar
    Ciao Chow Linda

    Oh these look so delightful. Looks like it came from a fancy confectioner's shop.

  19. toontz Avatar

    So glad you opened your Etsy shop! Off to peruse…

  20. ♥peachkins♥ Avatar

    I don't think we have rhubarb here..sob

  21. Deeba PAB Avatar
    Deeba PAB

    These look delicious & remind me of Turkish delights that we had when we were kids. Am glad the kids are asleep or this is what I would have been at today! Beautiful pictures Helen, & lovely post. It's wonderful to see you make the best of everyday…sun or rain! Not a moment to waste…YAY!

  22. Pea and Pear Avatar
    Pea and Pear

    I think I could quite happily trade lives with you after reading that post. Everything sounds so picture perfect, even when things haven't gone to plan.

    Oh to live somewhere that I could just jump into my boat, where my town was known for creating something so delicious as pate de fruit.

    😉 Ali

  23. Poorni Pillai Avatar
    Poorni Pillai

    Oh, I've always loved these! They look gorgeous 🙂

  24. paula Avatar

    how beautiful. I would love to have one now.

  25. Brilynn Avatar

    Looks like it turned out wonderfully! I still haven't attempted it although I have tomorrow off and it looks like it's going to be a rainy day, perfect for making pate de fruit.

  26. Cupcakes In Heels Avatar
    Cupcakes In Heels

    wow! these looks delicious! i have to admit i've never had pate de fruits. thanks for the recipe, even if i attempt to try it, i wouldn't know if it taste right =P.

    your photos on delicious images are gorgeous!!! i especially want to reach those violet macarons and eat them! thanks for sharing!

  27. Simones Kitchen Avatar
    Simones Kitchen

    That looks really delicious Helen. For some reason the pate de fruits that I have eaten sofar are just terrible terrible factory made things. I never thought of those as a way to use leftover fruits, but I am starting to change my mind about that. It still looks slightly complicated though but your photos are deliciously tempting!

  28. anadelicias Avatar

    wow!!! These looks delicious!! I´m traying to do pâte de fruits because i love them!!

  29. Lis Avatar

    I have ALWAYS wanted to try these! Your version looks amazing and very tasty!

    Am so sorry the trip fell through.. I hope it's just postponed and not cancelled completely. 🙁

    Love you!

  30. Salon de Sucre Avatar
    Salon de Sucre

    just found your blog.. absolutley fabulous!!! love it and now im following!

  31. Maybe Avatar

    J'adore tes petites pâtes de fruit en forme de fleurs ! Très chouette ! Et tu as raison, s'il se met à pleuvoir, tu as bien d'autres manières de passer agréablement le temps… la preuve ! :o)

  32. Unknown Avatar

    Apt… Provence… I left the heart in those places and the funny thing is that people there could understand my dialect from Bologna… we're both of Gaulois descent.

    About the recipe.. what could I say except that "…if not eating all of them at once" is the very dangerous and probable outcome of it.

  33. lubnakarim06 Avatar

    Oh wow…looks yum…..Awesome pics…..

  34. Barbara Avatar

    Once again, absolutely fabulous photography! These are something like Turkish delights I think- but purer. And rhubarb! Love it.

  35. Dutch girl loves2bake Avatar
    Dutch girl loves2bake

    I have never tried this, but now I will! Looks so yummy! Love your blog btw! You are a inspiration to me!

  36. Patricia Scarpin Avatar
    Patricia Scarpin

    I'm sorry to hear the trip did not work out, darling. 🙁
    I've never had nor made pate de fruit, and strawberries are starting to show around here. Great recipe!

  37. Cannelle Et Vanille Avatar
    Cannelle Et Vanille

    Pate de fruit, one of my favorites. A little goes a long way. I'm sorry about Colorado being canceled that is a bummer, but hopefully you will get to go some other time. And congrats on Delicious Images. So cool!

  38. Dominique Avatar

    C'est vrai que les fruits confits d'Apt sont délicieux! Je n'ai jamais essayé d'en faire… tu m'as donné envie! Merci.

  39. anna Avatar

    I've tried making pate de fruits twice before, both with liquid pectin and neither were terribly successful. I probably needed to cook them longer. Every time I see perfect ones like yours I'm tempted to try again.

  40. test it comm Avatar
    test it comm

    Those strawberry rhubarb jellies look really good! Great photos!

  41. Helene Avatar

    anna: yes, liquid pectin requires a tad bit more cooking once your fruit mixture starts getting into the 200F.
    Hope you'll try once more and achieve success!

  42. Ash Avatar

    I've been dying to make these for a while! These looks fantastic! Great combo.. who doesn't like strawberry and rhubarb?

  43. Lucy Vaserfirer Avatar
    Lucy Vaserfirer

    Beautiful, as always. I use powdered pectin in my pate de fruit. But I’ve been wondering, how would you make lemon pate de fruit?

  44. fresh365 Avatar

    These look fabulous and I love the color! I will have to try this, and will keep my fingers crossed they are ad delicious as yours…

  45. Anonymous Avatar

    Love the blog!

    "Chris is Starving!"

  46. Butikpartim Avatar

    It looks very delicious..

  47. Sunshinemom Avatar

    This reminds me of the guava cheese we get in Goa. It has the same bright colour and from the method I feel the taste should be somewhat the same except for the flavour, of course. I like these things sandwiched between biscuits or slices of bread:).

  48. Cookie baker Lynn Avatar
    Cookie baker Lynn

    How lovely! I have some rhubarb sitting in the refrigerator right now begging me to make this.

    I'm so glad you're selling prints of your photos. They are totally frame-worthy. These are no exception.

  49. pigpigscorner Avatar

    I don't think I can stop eating these if I start!

  50. Unknown Avatar

    These look beautiful! I have to try them soon. I've been baking your macaron recipe over and over and finally found some success! It's been a fun adventure:)

  51. pastry studio Avatar
    pastry studio

    I love pate de fruit and making them with strawberry and rhubarb is totally inspired. They're gorgeous.

    Even though I've always used apple pectin, I'm really glad you've used liquid pectin. I've been trying to go with ingredients that readers will have an easier time finding and therefore be more willing and able to try things out.

    Congrats on the Etsy shop. Great collection!

  52. Ria Mathew Avatar
    Ria Mathew

    The squares looks yum and squidgy! 🙂

  53. Milliways Avatar

    Looks wonderful. Your photos are amazing!

  54. Hayley Avatar

    I don't think I've ever had pate de fruit, but your photos make me want to change that soon. Thanks for sharing Helen!

  55. Unknown Avatar

    omg – i'm totally gonna make these!! i really don't like the kind we have in the states cuz it is so gritty from the sugar, but yours looks sweet and smooth…just as it should be!

    and the etsy site is beautiful!!

  56. Ljiljana Avatar

    I love pate de fruit. It really looks delicious 🙂

  57. veron Avatar

    I've always wanted to try my hand at this. Now I need to get my hands on certo liquid pectin.

  58. Eléonora Avatar

    Il me reste de la rhubarbe et je chipe ta belle idée que j'adore…bravo

  59. Manggy Avatar

    Beautiful pates, Helen 🙂 Unfortunately pectin isn't commercially available here, but I can find ways to do it naturally if I have some puree lying around, hehe 🙂

  60. Kate @Savour Fare Avatar
    Kate @Savour Fare

    I've had pate de fruits in France, but it never occurred to me to make them myself, but these look relatively simple. I'm thinking it might be a great way to use some of the marvelous apricots that I know are coming down the line.

    Will you make Calissons D'Aix? I adore them and they're SO expensive to buy.

  61. Helene Avatar

    Lis: unfortunately, the AP gradig sessions only take place the first week of June. Next time would have to be next year if he decides it's worth working for such loonies.

    Veron: grocery store… easy peasy.

    Kate@SavourFare: it's been a while since I have made some but as soon as I can source our rice paper at a good price, I will. The Asian store where I'd get it just closed 🙁

  62. Nicole Watkins Avatar
    Nicole Watkins

    lovely food lovely photography so glad i have discovered your work!

  63. nora@ffr Avatar

    wow stunning photography!!! these are cute and i love the amazing color 🙂 m sure this is going to taste delish.. cant wait to try this soon

  64. Mallory Elise Avatar
    Mallory Elise

    damn. i wish i had people dropping off pounds and pounds of fruit…lucky.

    the last photo is the zeeee best!

  65. Edda  Avatar

    I like your story behind and your marvellous pâte de fruits. Thanks for the advices and for these beautiful moments full of sugar. I go see your pictures

  66. Pattern Patisserie Avatar
    Pattern Patisserie

    Thank you for this post…I love pate de fruits and a rhubarb and strawberry combination sounds gorgeous…thanks also for the link to the non-pectin recipe.

  67. Heidi Miller Avatar
    Heidi Miller

    You have the most beautiful blog that I have ever seen. Each post is more fabulous than the next! Great job! I featured one of your recipes on my blog last week, the Strawberry Mint Soup. It was simple and divine! Thank you!

  68. Jen Yu Avatar
    Jen Yu

    How is it that I didn't comment on this yet? I've read it twice and *thought* what I wanted to say. I must be losing my mind! Well, didn't your telepathic powers pick up that I am SOOO excited to use your recipe? I am! Because I *hate* to have to go out and purchase special ingredients as it is a royal pain in the patootie here. You always figure out the best methods. Yay!!! I love these, they look like gorgeous jewels. Mmmm, delicious gorgeous jewels.

  69. Anonymous Avatar

    Bonjour Helen!

    I am quite excited for you about the Etsy store. I love Pate De Fruits! I have a friend who specializes in very
    unique Pate De Fruits – Turnip, Beet, Cucumber, Carrot. I believe you are getting it? He is "Out Side The Box" and quite well known for this.

    The recipe looks fabulous, I will try today. I again congradulate you on your new venture.

    I recently joined the Daring Bakers per your encouraging messages on the blog. I hope I get a "Big Sister" like you, or you!


  70. candide001 Avatar

    Do you have recipes you could share for making fruits confits at home? The ones you find in the states are degueus and the imports coutent les yeux de la tete!

  71. Helene Avatar

    candide001: I don't have a recipe for fruits confits, probably because I get ample supply from home and never source it out here but I am sure there is a recipe out there on Google, somewhere.

  72. BakedwithLove Avatar

    I love rhubarb! Your photographs look great! I hope you don't mind me putting your site to my Blogroll page 🙂

  73. Lori Avatar

    I love these little confections. I can't get enough of them.

    There is a vendor here at our market that seels a variety of them but they have coconut mixed in. They are so delicious.

  74. Dolcienonsolo Avatar

    Con queste renderei felice mio figlio…grazie!

  75. Margot Avatar

    me encantan tus recetas,la forma de tus presentacines y las fotos son preciosas.
    Tu blog es muy bueno.
    Buen fin de semana .

  76. Helene Avatar

    Anonymous: I use an instant read digital thermometer.
    I do not use store bought fruit puree because they most often contain extra sugar and water that can throw things off. Maybe a little bit more cooking time next time?
    Pectin is a booster, a little safety belt if you want, but it is not necessary to make pate de fruit. I provide a link to my friend Anita's recipe that shows you how to make it without.
    Hope you have better results next time.

  77. redmenace Avatar

    I am a huge fan of pate de fruits. Yours are just lovely!

  78. ice tea: sugar high Avatar
    ice tea: sugar high

    I loovve pate de fruit. It's been a while since I last made them, probably it's about time.

    Just a simple question, how long does pate de fruit last? And how do you normally keep it? airtight? room temp? fridge? freezer? Hah, it's not one question after all.

    Thanks Helen =)

  79. Kim Avatar

    I have always wanted to give this a try. You make everything look so good. How about I come with the Coca Cola ribs and crab cakes and you do dessert?

  80. Bryan Avatar

    this post is so inspiring!
    i finally made a rhubarb-raspberry batch experimenting with Pomoma's Pectin– all i had on hand.
    i appreciate your details about heating and boiling.
    the results were firmish but also tender.
    it's very exciting to make these with such good summer fruit now! (if i could only get my hands on some sour cherries…)

    my question is about storage– room temp? refrigerate? and how long do the pates keep, in general terms.
    do you have any suggestions?
    thank you thank you!

  81. Ellemay Avatar

    Does the sugar to fruit ration change depending on the fruit?

    It's winter here so I'm thinking of trying this with apple or quince.

  82. Rose Campagne Avatar
    Rose Campagne

    Oooooooooooooooh !!!!!!
    Exceptionnel ! Quelles photos !

  83. Unknown Avatar

    I made them, your directions were great. They are beautiful, and delicious. Thank you!

  84. RadhaS Avatar

    DELICIOUS!! We made these the other day and they disappeared faster than they were made.

  85. Jackie Avatar

    Your pate de fruit recipe is just what I've been looking for. I actually want to try making them with apricots (they're in season right now where I am) but was wondering if the sugar would need to be adjusted because apricots are sweeter than rhubarb? Or would I be okay with using the same ratio of fruit to sugar as you mentioned, just with all apricots?


  86. Helene Avatar

    Jackie: you can keep the same ratio of fruit to sugar for apricot.

  87. Bitesforthought Avatar

    A couple of weeks ago I was trying to make pink grapefruit and champagne pate de fruit. I sure I tested these ingredients at least 6 different ways, and nothing would turn out as I wanted. I think part of the problem was the champagne, well that and the fact that grapefruit has very little pectin. If you have any suggestions for my grapefruit pate de fruit, I would love to hear them!

    by the way, I love your pictures.

  88. Samitestar Avatar

    When you say strain the fruit, do you mean strain it so that you all in the pan are the juices? What if some of the thready parts come through? Will this still turn out?

  89. Daria1963 Avatar

    Hi, I have a question, these look only amazing, but I want to take the recipe a step further and wonder if you could help. Have you ever seen those chocolate covered jel rings? I love them and think these would be a great start to that recipe homemade. I was thinking of dipping them in melted dark chocolate. My question is, are they a strong enough consistency to handle the chocolate?

  90. Laura Hunter Avatar
    Laura Hunter

    This looks fantastic. I am planning a party for my husband's 30th birthday and Rhubarb and Strawberries are some of his favorite. I think I will have to add these to my menu.

  91. reserche2 Avatar

    I tried this, but – it didn't set up. There's not enough pectin… All the other recipe call for a LOT more. You might want to have a look at that..

    Thanks for the inspiration though!


  92. Helene Avatar

    Reserche2: not all pectin is created equal. There is a LOT of variation in brands. You might want to have a look at that.
    Not all berries are created equal so depending on the season, you will get a higher ratio of flesh to water/moisture. Right now would be the wrong time of year to make it unless you are in a country which is right into Spring or Summer and even then the flesh to moisture issue would come into play.

  93. Antonina Avatar

    These looks delicious!! lovely pic

  94. Felicia Avatar

    They are so beautiful!! anyway can I change the liquid pectin with lemon or anything else?

  95. Lee Jacintho Avatar
    Lee Jacintho

    Will this work with a sugar substitute like Splenda?

  96. Helene Avatar

    Lee Jacintho: I am sorry to say, it won't.

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