April 10, 2010

Fruit Leather

Or, as my friend has named it, Heather-Leather.

Essentially, fruit leather is a fruit roll-up. But minus all that crap that you don't want!  This is a very basic, easily customizable recipe. Today was my first time making it. As it turned out, I made the error of spreading it too thin. However, it's still amazingly tasty!

I used 1/2 strawberries for this, with honeydew and kiwi to round it out.  As soon as the weekend market opens, I'm going to get some of those fat white peaches and make cinnamon peach leather!

As a note, most fruit can be pureed simply by running it through a food processor. A few, such as rosehips, require boiling to reduce them to puree.


2 c pureed fruit
1-3 T honey
Spices to taste

Mix the honey, puree, and spices together.  Line a baking pan with microwave safe plastic wrap and set your oven as low as it will go (under 200!).  Spread the mixture onto the plastic wrap, 1/4 to 1/8 thick - don't spread too thin!

Place in oven.  Do not close oven door all the way!  Dry for 4-8 hours, depending on your fruit, humidity, and oven.  Leather is done when it can be peeled from the plastic while maintaining its shape.

Roll up in the plastic wrap.  Store in the refrigerator.

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