Fruit Leather

I love making homemade fruit leather. It’s a healthy snack, a great way to use up a lot of fruit, and it makes nice gifts too. It’s so simple to make and your homemade version doesn’t need to have preservatives and other additives.

We’ve been frequenting the farmer’s markets on weekends quite often. I can’t resist those bargain deals at the end of the day, and I always end up with more fruit than we can finish. So that’s when I get out my blender to blend the overripe fruit and make fruit leather.

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You can use just about any fruit. I like to do a mix. You want to make sure your fruit batter is not too thick and not too watery (Something in between a smoothie and a juice). So it helps to mix a few fruits together. For example, peaches don’t produce that much water. Grapes on the other hand, are quite watery. For this particular mix, I did grapes, apples, pears, and peaches.

Once you blend up your mixture, you pop it into the oven and it does all the work. It takes about 6 hours to finish so I try to do it in the evening and turn off the oven right before bed.

I hope everyone has a great Friday. It’s been a long week. I’m looking forward to digging into Halloween candy and seeing cute kid costumes.

Fruit Leather

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of chopped mixed fruit I used peaches, pears, apples, grapes
  • sugar to taste if needed I don't add any to mine and keep in mind that the fruit puree will get sweeter as it dries
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Directions:

  1. 1. Blend fruit and sugar (if using) in blender until smooth. Make sure your puree is not too thick (i.e., it just sits and doesn't move when you pour it out) and not too thin (it just spreads out like water/juice). You want something in between. If you need to thicken or thin, add fruit with more pulp or more water.2. Set oven at lowest temperature setting (mine was at 170 F). Line two 13 x 18 baking sheet with Silpat mats.3. Pour fruit mixture onto silpat mats and spread evenly with the back of a large spoon until the fruit mixture makes a sheet about a 1/8 inch thick across the surface of the silpat.4. Place baking sheets in the oven and bake for 6-8 hours, until fruit is dry. When you touch it, it should be still a little sticky, but dry to the touch and solid.5. Let fruit leather cool. Once it is finished cooling, gently peel off the fruit leather from the Silpat. It should come off the mat easily. Cut into strips. If desired, you can roll then up with parchment paper. Store in airtight container in a cool space.
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