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How to Make Fruit Leather

By Edited Dec 12, 2015 2 7

Fruit Leather

Fruit leather brings back great childhood memories.  The squeaky sound of the sweet disc-shaped snack being pulled off the plastic is as recognizable as popcorn popping.   When I was a child I convinced my mother to buy one of those infomercial dehydrators for the sole purpose of making fruit leather.  Little did we know you could make it at home in your oven!  There are several recipes floating around that require you to cook down the berries, or use frozen fruit, so I tested them all and simplified it for you.

Fresh vs. Frozen

Test 1: Fresh or Frozen?

The first thing I wanted to know was does it really matter if the fruit is fresh or can I use what I already have in the freezer?  I tried both fresh and frozen strawberries and the resulting taste was the same.  So, if you have left-over fresh strawberries, use them.  If you only have frozen strawberries, use them!

Test 2: Cooked or Fresh?

There were recipes that instructed you to cook down about 1 cup of fresh fruit with 2 tablespoons of water for about 10 minutes on the stovetop before blending the mixture.  I tried this with both strawberries and blueberries and was surprised that this too had little effect on the taste.  So, don’t bother cooking down the fruit.

Test Samples - Pre Baking

Test 3: Blueberries or Strawberries?

Strawberries win hands down.  Unless you really love blueberries I would not recommend using them to make fruit leather unless you add more honey. 

How to Make Fruit Leather

After all the testing below is the simplified recipe:

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon honey (optional)

Preheat the oven at 175°F.  Blend the fruit with two tablespoons of water.  If the fruit is not as sweet as you would prefer add honey to taste. 

Place a piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet (or try using a silicone mat).  Pour the mixture and spread thinly but evenly.  Make sure the edges are not too thin or it will crisp up.  

Bake for 4 hours or until the mixture is completely dry.  Peel the fruit leather off the parchment paper and enjoy!

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Mar 12, 2014 10:34pm
Fruit leather? Hmmm...never heard of it. Might just try that. Good, unusual(to me) recipe!
Mar 13, 2014 5:04am
You've never had a "Fruit Roll-Up"? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit_Roll-Ups

Let me know how you like it!
Mar 13, 2014 6:20am
We used to use and dehydrate for all our excess tomatoes and apricots but I had never heard or thought of this idea. It would be a way to use up your excess strawberries.(if they had grown this year I could have tried this)
Mar 13, 2014 6:55am
I love dried apricots! How did you use the dried tomatoes? In pastas?
Apr 21, 2014 12:59am
What a yummy treat, I have seen something similar at the markets, in the shape of a rainbow with lots of different colours/fruits, they are good.
Apr 24, 2014 10:00pm
Can't wait to try this with my little dehydrator. Thanks Livi and nice article!
Apr 25, 2014 5:01am
You're welcome! Let me know how it turns out!
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