Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Simple Homemade Fruit Leather

I love fruit leather! But it is some crazy expensive stuff.

I found directions for making fruit leather in Super Baby Food, the book I've used to make food for my daughter. It is so simple!

Spread plastic wrap over a baking tray. The book says to tape down the plastic wrap, but I managed fine without using tape. You can also just use cooking spray on the baking sheet.

I thawed some mixed frozen berries that I get at Costco. I put them in my blender with a banana and a little bit of applesauce. It gave me a think fruit puree. Spread the puree on the plastic wrap, leaving about 1-2 inches from the edge so that the plastic wrap does not curl up over the sides, preventing it from drying.

There are several different drying methods; I chose to use the quickest one. I put the fruit in the over at 175 degrees for 3 hours. The leather was nearly dry all the way, but I decided to leave it in the over (which was off) over night just to be sure. In the morning I had this:




I cut it into pieces with my pizza cutter:




My mom had a bag of fruit leather from Trader Joe's that was the ends they cut off of the fruit leather when they cut it into pieces. I tried to mimic that with the pieces that I cut off of my strips:



Its delicious!




If you want to make this even simpler, use applesauce!

2 comments:

  1. So cool! I never heard of "fruit leather," but I am excited you left this post. Can't wait to try it!

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  2. its in the oven!

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