Friday, January 24, 2014

Foodie Friday: Fruit Leather

How to Make Dried Fruit (Using Your Oven) | SparkPeople

General recipe for fruit leather:
  1. Peel, core, and chop fruit. Taste the fruit and note its sweetness. If it's a little tart, you may add some sugar in the next step.
  2. Place fruit in a large saucepan. For every 4 cups of chopped fruit, add a half a cup of water. Bring to a simmer and cover. Let cook on low heat for 10-15 minutes, until fruit is cooked through. Uncover and stir.
  3. Mash up the fruit in the pan. Taste and deter what and how much sugar, lemon juice, or spices to add.
  4. Continue to simmer and stir until any added sugar is completely dissolved and the fruit purée has thickened. This should take 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Put the purée through a food processor or a food mill (this may have to be altered) and taste again to adjust sugar/lemon/spices as needed. The purée should be very smooth.
  6. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, and pour in the mixture about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Place baking sheet in oven heated 140 degrees overnight, or about 8-12 hours. You will know the fruit leather is ready when it isn't sticky, but has a smooth surface.


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