How to Make Homemade Fruit Leather
This time of year is great for making healthy snacks. Fruit leather is an easy, healthy, and delicious snack for camping, road trips or just eating on the go. The best part is you get all the fiber, vitamins, and minerals of the whole fruit.
Make them yourself to control the ingredients and find a blend that meets your tastes. Although a food drier can be a real help in making fruit leather, it’s not necessary. This recipe shows you how to make fruit leather using your oven and baking sheets.
- 6 fresh apricots (about 1 pound)
- ¾ cup sugar
- Preheat oven to 150°F.
- Oil a 13x9-inch baking pan.
- Pit and coarsely chop apricots.
- In a heavy 3 quart saucepan cook apricots and sugar over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes.
- Continue to cook , stirring frequently until mixture is thick, about 40 minutes.
- In a blender or using a emulsion blender, puree until smooth.
- Pour into wax paper lined baking pan and spread evenly with a spatula.
- Dry in oven until puree feels dry but slightly tacky, about 8-12 hours.
- Remove and cool pan completely on a rack.
- Using plastic wrap, cover top of leather and then peel off of pan, rolling up from one end to the other.
- Cut into 2-inch rolls and store in plastic wrap in a cool place for up to one month.
Feel free to omit or reduce the sugar in the recipe to suit your tastes. Substitute any fruit, though cooking time and quantity will change based on size and water content of fruit. Dry until fruit is no longer tacky.
For more tips check out our Kids in the Kitchen post.