Fruit Leather Recipes

You can easily make yummy fruit leathers at home with fresh fruit, the pulp left over after making jelly or juice, or store bought applesauce or apple butter.

Cooking the fruit first seems to bring out its flavor but raw pureed fruits can also be mixed with plain yogurt and dried as a leather with delicious results.

General Fruit Leather Recipe

1. Wash and core or de-stone fruit. Cut into chunks. You should have 4 cups of fruit. Put in saucepan with ½ cup water, cover and bring to a simmer.

2. Let fruit stew for 10 – 15 minutes until the fruit is soft. Taste for sweetness. You can add sugar, mixing thoroughly after each addition, until the fruit is sweet enough for your tastes. When sugar is completely dissolved remove pot from heat.

3. Add spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom if you’d like and mix thoroughly.

4. Transfer fruit to a food processor and process until smooth.

5. Line dehydrator trays, on top of the mesh inserts, with parchment paper (do not use wax paper as the wax coating will melt in the dehydrator). Spread fruit puree over parchment paper in an even layer between ⅛ and ¼ inch thick.

6. Dry in your Sunkeep Solar Food Dehydrator until leather is dry but still pliable.

Fruit Leather Art

By combining two different fruit purees you can make fruit leather with personalized messages or designs! For example, use apple puree as the base, then use an icing bag to pipe on a Happy Birthday message with kiwi puree. Or make smiley faces with strawberry puree and pipe on blueberry eyes and smile. The possibilities are endless!

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