June is National Outdoors Month! What better thing to bring on a hike or picnic than homemade fruit leather!? It is easy to make, and addicting and delicious to eat. Apples, peaches, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries. Yum.
2 quarts fruit (fresh, frozen and thawed, or drained canned)
1 Tbs lemon juce
⅛ - ¼ cup sweetener to taste, (sugar, maple syrup) depending on fruit used (or not!)
Puree your favorite fruit, or combinations in a blender, add lemon juice. Taste to determine sweetener- remember that these flavors will be concentrated during the drying process, so a little goes a long way! Cover 2 baking sheets with heat-resistant plastic wrap (at home I use the silicone baking sheet- silpat). Pour puree over each sheet to a depth of ¼ inch while leaving a 1-inch border around the edge. Dry in the oven at 140°F until puree becomes leathery (not sticky) and still pliable. This will take anywhere from 5 to 10 hours. Remove from oven and let cool, roll fruit leather up and store in an airtight container or bag.
Apple Butter Fruit Leather
I recently had 2 quarts of homemade applesauce that I wanted to use up. I put them in the crockpot with some cloves, cinnamon, lemon juice (start with a teaspoon of each and taste to adjust). Added a smidge of sugar and cooked it down until nice and thick. Then I pureed the sauce and poured out onto sheet pans and dried as directed above. Delicious!