When making a fruit purée, specifically raspberry, to be used as a filling or a layer for cakes or chocolates, what is the proper way to do this?

Should the berries be cooked? Should the cooking occur before or after straining the seeds? Should a food processor be used before removing the seeds? Should acid or sugar or pectin be added to the purée?

How does this change for other fruits like strawberries? Blueberries?

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The proper way is the one described in the recipe you are making.

All of the variations you listed above will give you a fruit puree, for any berry (or even other fruit) you choose. The purees will of taste differently depending on how you make them, but none of them is somehow less "proper" than the other.

It is the recipe author's job to choose a preparation method in which the puree's texture and taste harmonizes best with the rest of the recipe. So, just follow it, and you will get the intended result.

There are two cases in what you listed in which the combination of preparation steps could be problematic (so if you see it in a recipe, you should choose another recipe). First, if you have small seeds (such as a raspberry or blackberry) and need a seedless puree, but use a bladed implement like a food processor or a blender before straining. In that case, you will most likely end up with sharp seed pieces that are left in after straining, defeating the purpose of a seedless puree. Second, thickeners need the correct conditions to work. As you listed pectin, you have to make sure that you are within the correct ratios of sugar and acidity for the type of pectin you are using, and you have to warm the puree to the needed temperature. With other thickeners, you have to again ensure that their requirements are met.

  • Thank you for the information. What's the taste or texture difference between uncooked and cooked purees? Also does cooking with the seeds change anything about the finished product? I'm thinking about this because I know that in french clafoutis cooking the cherries with the pits still in lends a vanilla like flavour to the finished dish.
    – mboss
    Apr 8, 2022 at 13:52
  • The texture difference is that the cooked puree is always softer. The difference in taste is that raw puree tastes closer to the original fruit than cooked. I am not aware of any general flavor effect of cooking the seeds along; if you want to know it for a specific fruit, you will have to make it into its own question (one per fruit). Personally, I am also wary of the whole flavor-note-language, I find its usefulness very limited - but maybe somebody will be able to provide a consistent description.
    – rumtscho
    Apr 9, 2022 at 10:40

I don't think there is a "proper way". At it's most basic, a fruit purée is just mashed/puréed raw fruit.

If there are seeds, and you don't like them, then push the fruit through a sieve. If the berries are too tough to easily push through a sieve, then cook them a little first. If the berries are too tart, add some sugar. If you don't mind the seeds, then blending may be OK.

Cooking/boiling fruit and adding sugar, pectin and acid, is what you would do to make a jam or preserve, which is a different thing really. Usually much sweeter, and these usually set at room temperature, and are often quite sticky, and can last for a long time as the sugar and acid preserves the fruit. You might not need to go as far as this for a cake filling, but ultimately it depends what you want. There's no rule that says you can't use jam for a cake filling.

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