Homemade Fruit Leather
If you think you need a food dehydrator
to make homemade fruit snacks, get ready to be surprised! These treats
are so simple to make; all you need are fruits like apples, berries or
pears and your oven. Sweeten with honey, or add herbs and spices. No
matter the flavor, they’re a great way to celebrate the abundant fruits
of the season.
Yields one 11”x17” pan of fruit leather
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 5-8 hours at 170°F
1 25-ounce jar of applesauce
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
- Preheat oven to 170°F.
- Line an 11”x17” jelly-roll pan or lipped cookie sheet with greased parchment paper (wax paper will smoke in the oven) or a silicone baking mat.
- Spread the puree until it’s about 1/4” thick. Pick up the pan and tilt back and forth until it’s evenly distributed.
- Bake in the oven for 5-8 hours. Rotate the pan halfway during the baking time to ensure even drying. Timing will vary depending on the fruit used. It’s ready when it’s smooth and non-tacky.
- Let it cool, then cut in strips with scissors or a pizza cutter. Stack or roll them and store in an airtight container or a zipper storage bag.
- Spread a thin layer of melted caramel over the fruit leather and allow it to harden a little before rolling.
- Cut fun shapes with cookie cutters, stack on parchment paper and tie with a ribbon to make a unique hostess gift or a lunch box surprise. Tuck an inspirational quote into the ribbon for an extra special touch.
- Spice up a can of pumpkin with nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves for another twist on fall-inspired fruit leather.
- Puree a can of peaches or other canned fruit in the blender for a quick option that requires no washing and slicing.
- To sweeten fruit leather, add a couple teaspoons, or to taste, of vanilla, brown sugar, honey or maple syrup.
- Try adding herbs like lavender, basil, rosemary, mint, sage or thyme for subtle hints of extra decadent flavor – a perfect adult treat.