Fruit leathers

Fruit leathers

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Like with jam, certain fruits are more suitable than others for fruit leather. For instance, I once tried to make fruit leather from watermelon, which didn’t work as well.

Here I used both red and yellow plums. Other fruits that work well include apples, apricots, bananas, berries, cherries, gooseberries (you will need more sugar), mangoes, nectarines, peaches, pears, pineapple, raspberries and strawberries. Some fruits, such as blueberries, you can use in combination with the more suitable fruits. You could also add small amounts of flavouring, such as juice from freshly minced ginger, ground cinnamon or nutmeg, maple syrup, vanilla extract or paste. You could also add seeds to the leather sheets.

If you have a dehydrator, fruit leather is even easier to make.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1kg plums
4 tablespoons agave nectar
1/2 lemon, juiced

Method

  1. I am lucky enough to have a very powerful blender, a Vitamix, which meant that I didn’t have to skin the plums for this recipe. Otherwise, score a cross on the top of each plum with a knife, and leave them for 30 seconds in boiling water. The skin should come off easily. Remove the stones.
  2. Pulse the flesh in a blender, then add the agave nectar and lemon juice. You can use sugar but an inverted sugar such as agave means that there is less chance of crystallisation than with sugar.
  3. Strain the pulp so that there is less juice. For this recipe, I made 2 sheets of ‘leather’ – one that was strained and one that was not. The unstrained leather was more textural and less smooth but both worked fine. It depends on the fruit. Some fruits have a great deal of juice, so you’d want to strain that out, otherwise you could be drying out the leather for days.
  4. Preheat the oven to 100°C lowest setting and line a flat baking sheet with a silicone baking mat. Using a spatula, spread out the plum purée to about 5 mm thick. You want it thin enough to dry out but not so thin that you do not have a ‘rollable’ leather. So make sure you can’t see through the purée and remember that it will contract as it dries.
  5. Put in the very low oven for several hours, checking hourly. If it’s not quite dried out when you need to go out or go to bed, turn the oven off after a few hours and leave it (overnight, for example).
  6. When it’s sufficiently dried out, carefully peel the leather off the silicone sheet and place it on parchment paper. Cut it into strips and roll it up with strips of the baking parchment. Great for lunchboxes and kids.
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