Fruit Leather – fairly simple method but a long cooking time. Contains all the fibre of the fruit and you don’t need to peel the fruit.

fruit leatherIngredients

  • 300g eating apples or pears ( although any combination of fruit work)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 50ml water
  • 300g berries (blueberries or strawberries are especially good)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 50oC and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
  • Dice the apples and pears and out them in a saucepan with the water and lemon juice.  Cover and simmer the fruit gently until very soft.
  • Add the berries and simmer for a couple of minutes more until the berry juices have bled into the apples/pears.
  • Puree the fruit if you haven’t peeled it, then push it through a coarse sieve.  Spread the mixture evenly, not too thin.
  • Place the baking tray in the oven and leave for 7-8 hours.  When it’s ready, the fruit leather will be glossy and tacky – but not sticky.  Your finger will leave a print on it but won’t be sticky.
  • Remove from the oven and roll whilst warm.  Fruit leather will keep indefinitely in an airtight container.
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