Fruit Leather

I’m lucky enough to live in California, where we are blessed with an abundance of amazing fruit and vegetables all year long. However, our summer strawberries and blackberries are quite simply breathe-taking. This summer I got a wild hair up my butt and an abundance of fruit and wanted to make something other than jam or jelly.

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Enter fruit leather. It’s ridiculously easy to make, and you don’t need a dehydrator to make this version. Just your hot car. I apologize, I did not measure anything while making this recipe. I just dumped stuff in according to my taste. If you have specific questions, leave me a comment and I’ll fill you in.

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Get yourself some fruit. I really like blackberries or strawberries for this recipe, although I used peaches and it came out pretty well too.

Wash your fruit and puree in your food processor.

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Run the pureed fruit through some cheese cloth or wire sieve to remove the seeds. I hate seeds in my teeth.

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Then place your seedless fruit pulp in a heavy bottom pan. I added lemon juice and sugar to taste. I only added a whisper of sugar because the fruit was already very sweet. I let this mixture simmer until it coated the back of a spoon or for about 10 minutes. Enough time to remove some of the liquid.

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MMMMM, Meyer lemon.

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Then line a cookie sheet with plastic wrap. I recommend taping the plastic wrap to the outside, bottom of the cookie sheet otherwise the wrap might come unstuck and cover your fruit leather and you do not want that (I learned this the hard way, use tape).

Then carefully pour your fruit mixture into the cookie sheet. You want a pretty thin layer. I used an offset cake spatula to smooth and shape.

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Then place the un-covered cookie sheet of goodness into your hot car. It took about 1 day of 90+ degree outside heat for my fruit leather to fully dehydrate.

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It peels right off the plastic wrap, just like to store bought kind. I love that sound, it brings me joy. Careful not to eat too much of this stuff, it’s very easy to do. But it’s also a fiber overload, if you get what I’m saying.

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5 Responses to Fruit Leather

  1. Using your hot car for dehydrating, I love it! So ingenious! 🙂 I’m so making this next summer.. I want to do peach!!

  2. I have to admit the car method made me laugh. Very creative. I remember when my mom and the neighbor lady used to make fruit leather back in the day they used cheese cloth to cover it so the flies wouldn’t get on it as it was drying out in the backyard. This post so makes me want homemade fruit leather again.

  3. When you say a day how many hours do you mean? A day as in 24 or sun up to down down, or something else? THANK YOU!

    • It depends on the heat and how thick your fruit mixture is. Just stick in your car until you can touch it without it sticking to you. I think mine took about 8 hours. But it was over 100…

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