leather is made from fruit puree which is then dried.
Fruit leathers are great to
make for picnics
holidays as it is lightweight but packed
with flavor and goodness, is a healthy energy snack, and will keep for
months. A quart of fruit
(640g) will make a strip of leather 6
inches by 24 inches.
The time that the fruit
takes to get to the leather stage when drying it in the sun really
depends on the type of fruit used as well as the weather conditions.
However, if all is well, your fruit should become leather in about 20 -
24 hours. If done in an oven, it could take up to 8 hours.
It isn't always easy trying to pour the fruit puree onto the baking
sheet on top of the plastic as it moves a lot. Try securing the plastic
with some masking tape on the edges. Remove once your fruit puree has
been spread to the desired thickness and is ready for drying.
For your fruit leather
recipes, 2 cups of fruit can be spread on a baking tray
measuring 12 inches by
15 -17 inches. The optimal depth is spread to a quarter of an inch, but
if you want the fruit leather to dry quicker you can spread it to an
eighth of an inch.
the fruit candy is firm to the
touch it can then be peeled off the plastic lining the baking tray and
wrapped up for storage. It should be shiny and feel like leather.
leathers will keep for about 1
month at room temperature, 4 months in a refrigerator, and up to 1 year
in a freezer.
1) Apple Fruit
640 g apple, cored, skinned and chopped
Place a small amount of
chopped apples into the liquidizer with enough
water to start liquefying. Keep adding water and apples until you have
a thick puree. Cover a large flat biscuit tray with plastic wrap and
pour apple sauce on, spreading it so that it is about a quarter of an
Place in an oven at 120ºC and leave the door open. When the fruit is
completely dry and plastic is peeled off, it feels just like leather.
Just tear off a chunk and eat it.
Apricots, berries, peaches, pears, prunes and most common fruit dry
well. Store in freezer for longer keeping.
A quicker way of making apple fruit leather is to buy tins of apple
puree and place in baking tins.
2) Strawberry Fruit Leather Recipe
the desired amount of
strawberries thoroughly, adding 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar for every
cup of fruit. Heat it slightly in order to kill any bacteria or mold
that might be present and then spread evenly onto a clean dry tray.
Preheating the berries also preserves the color of the fruit as well as
aids in the drying process.
prevent the fruit leather from darkening in color 2 teaspoons of lemon
juice can be added to every 2 cups of fruit.
strawberry puree can be left in the sun, or dried in the oven at 120ºC
with the door
open. If you are going to sun-dry the fruit, make a tent out of either
cheesecloth or mosquito netting to keep the insects out. Make sure that
none of the material is in contact with the fruit. Sprinkle with castor
sugar when dry and roll up and cut. Store in clean, dry jars.
3) Banana Fruit
the required amount of bananas
to a mushy pulp. Add a teaspoon lemon juice for every 2 bananas and
also some of the finely grated lemon rind. Mix thoroughly and then add
teaspoon or two of honey. A few sprinkles of nutmeg or cinnamon can
also be added if desired. Spread this mixture onto a tray and dry in
the sun. Store as above.
4) Cherry Fruit Leather Recipe
together 150 ml of water with
500 g sugar until it starts to thread. Add about 1 liter of mashed
cherries and boil for a few minutes. Pour this into a tray and leave to
sun-dry for a few days. Bring in the mixture at night.
5) Blackberry Fruit Leather Recipe
For every cup
of blackberries, add 2 1/2 tablespoons of sugar.
Place berries and sugar in a pot over a low heat. While they are
cooking, mash the fruit with a potato masher. Remove from heat and
strain through a fine strainer to remove all the seeds. Place fruit
mixture on a tray, spread out so that it is a quarter inch thick, and
dry as the recipes above.
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