Fruit leathers are a great source of fruit, vitamins, and calories. I had a ton of them this summer, and so did Cruz. Unfortunately, we ended up spending a lot of money and wasting a lot of plastic. SOOOO…..we decided to try to make them at home!
My mother, of course, is a pro at anything homemade and has her own food dehydrator where she dries different fruits left and right. Although they are great, personal food dehydrators aren’t exactly common. So below is my attempt to recreate an oven-only recipe for Fruit Leathers from Weelicious (which, btw, is an awesome blog).
* 3 cups of fruit (whatever is in season, fresh, and local!)
* 2 tablespoons of honey
* In a blender, blend fruit and honey until it looks so delicious that you want to drink the entire pitcher
* Preheat the oven to 250 degrees
* Place wax/parchment paper on a baking sheet and then pour the smooth fruit liquid onto the paper. Smooth the liquid out with a wooden spoon or spatula.
* Bake the fruit pan for 2 to 3 hours. You don’t want it to be too sticky. But you also don’t want it to be too dry (don’t bake it for more than 3 hours).
* Let the fruit pan sit for several hours to soften the fruit leather up.
* After 8 hours of sitting, using scissors or a knife, cut the rectangle into long strips and then roll them up, like a good ‘old fashioned fruit roll up! Keep the paper on so it doesn’t become one big sticky blob!