Fruit Leather

I love fruit leather. But with a 2” x 3” inch strip costing me 50 cents each it makes more sense to make it on my own. This recipe is incredibly versitle – you can use any combination of fruits that your heart desires. This makes a great healthy snack to have around the house.

4 cups of fruit – fresh or frozen (I used a bag of frozen mixed berries)
1-3 tablespoons sugar
1 tsp Lemon juice
1/2 cup water

If using fresh fruit, wash and chop into small pieces. Place fruit in a large saucepan. Add a half cup of water or juice for every 4 cups of fresh fruit – you’ll likley not need to add any water if using frozen fruit. Bring to a simmer, cover and let cook on a low heat for 10-15 minutes, or until the fruit is cooked through. Uncover and stir. Use a potato masher or large spoon to mash up the fruit in the pan. Add in 1 tsp. of lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Taste the fruit, and add more sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time to reach the desired sweetness.  You can also add a pinch or two of cinnamon or nutmeg to enhance the flavors of the fruit.

Continue to simmer the fruit until the sugar is completely dissolved, and the puree has thickened (about 10 minutes). Pour the puree into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with plastic wrap. Make sure the plastic wrap is microwavable (it will say on the box). Pour the fruit puree into the pan and spread evenly. Try and avoid having the plastic wrap fold back over on the puree – this will prevent the puree from drying out. Place in the oven at 140 degrees for 8-12 hours. Make sure the plastic wrap does not touch the sides of the oven.

The fruit leather will be done when it is no longer sticky, but it has a smooth surface. Store rolled in the plastic wrap in a sealed container.

Source: Simply Recipes

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