Let’s make…….Fruit Leather!

There is sooo much yummy summer fruit around at the moment, I have been loving it-  and making huge messes in the kitchen as a result.  I was at one of the local orchard shops last week and out the front they have Bargain Bin fruit that is a little soft for full price sale.  I got a 3kg box of mixed pears, kiwi fruit, peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines for $3!!!!  This was in the middle of my Jam Frenzy so I have no idea what business I had setting myself up for another project, but hey I’M A FRUGAL SHOPPER PEOPLE!  I had to buy it.

So, let’s make some fruit leather shall we?

Step 1:  Chop the fruit into 1″ bits.  I leave all of the skin on except for furry kiwi skin.

Step 2:  Throw into blender.  Puree.

Step 3: Line a baking sheet with plastic wrap and pour puree to make a THIN covering.  Trust me you want it so thin you can almost see through it.  Too thick and it will take forever to dry.

Step 4:  Bake in oven at a very cool 60° until no longer tacky and can easily be peeled off plastic.  This will take hours.  Just keep checking on it

Step 5:  Roll up lengthwise, cut into portions and wrap in plastic.  EVERYONE loves this stuff, especially if there are heaps of strawberries in your puree!

 I have always made fruit leather before in my dehydrator and been ‘quite’ satisfied with the result, but this method is SO much better.  It is super easy to check on the drying process and the sheets are much bigger and easier to roll and portion.  Will definately be using this process from now on.