I’ve been seeing a lot of talk and shiny pictures of fruit leather/fruit rolls on the internets, and being low on snackage decided it wouldn’t be a bad idea to try it for myself. The recipes differ slightly depending on whether one has a dehydrator or not, or how much sugar you crave, but in general it’s quite straightforward- so much so that I didn’t even bother to print a recipe to take downstairs- I was feeling brave!
Preheat the oven to its lowest setting.
I chopped some lovely fruit that I had lying around- even sacrificing my one and only mango and paw paw. tears! I grated 1 apple, sliced 3 bananas plus the two shiny papaya & mango.
Then it all went into a pot with a splash of water to simmer on 2/6 for about half an hour- occasionally I took a potato smasher to it to get it down to a pulp. By the time it’s had a while to simmer it should be less squishy and more squashy, since water would’ve dashed away in some mad science blitz. Towards the end I also added quite a splash of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and paprika.
Line a pan with a baking sheet and spread the mixture out quite thinly, smoothing it out with a spatula- I used one and a half trays. Plonk it in the preheated oven for many, many hours. I let it run on the lowest heat for about 5 hours before I lost my patience and cranked it up to 90 degrees Celsius for an hour or two before bed, and then left it in the pan overnight with just the light on (no heat).
What I haven’t mentioned is how I prodded the mixture continually, eventually lifted it (and tore it) and flipped it upside down to inspect and prod some more. LESSON LEARNT: LEAVE IT ALONE.
I’m sure if I had more self-control it would still have come out perfectly well, but yes. Even so, oh my! The fruit leather at the stores can bite my dust, since I love the thinness of the layers and the fact that it doesn’t taste of sugar first and fruit second.
Delicious! I can see now why it’s called fruit leather- it really does have that texture, minus the animal! 😀 Anyhow, I rolled up thin strips in baking paper and bundled it into the snack blik. Just one more excuse to stay indoors!