At the Orchard

Fruit Leather

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!)

Fruit Leather

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.  

Puree for Fruit Leather

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!