This is the perfect time of year for making fruit leather. And the recipe is so simple to make.
This leather really easy to make and can be made with any fruit (or vegetables). You could even use a jar of applesauce as super simple version.
All you need is:
Simply wash, peel and core the fruit as needed.
The fruit then needs pureeing. If it is a soft fruit (blackberries, strawberries, apricots) then simply puree in a blender - or mash with a potato masher! For hard fruit (apples, pumpkin, pears) you will need to first boil gently to soften - place the fruit in a small quantity of water, bring to the boil and simmer gently until soft. Then puree as before. If your fruit is a bit tart, you can now add some sugar, or add spices such as Cinnamon.
Spread you fruit puree out thinly on the baking tray. It should be no more than 1/4 inch thick.
Place in the oven on the lowest possible heat for 6-8 hours. It is ready when it is no longer sticky to touch. The first time we tried this we left it a bit too long and it went more like paper than leather! So keep checking! It should peel back easily from the tray when it is ready.
This is a great edible craft idea to try with children. The finished leather looks lovely cut into shapes - and can be used for decoration. Wouldn't it look lovely hanging from a Christmas tree?
The leather should keep for a month at room temperature - or longer if you put it in the fridge.