Having been given a load of windfall apples this week the babe and I set about making fruit leather; a tasty, chewy and healthy snack. We used about 5/6 bruised apples to make the jewel-like piece above, but the recipe below is for a larger baking sheet size piece.
10 desert apples (or other fruit such as blackberries or strawberries)
1 cup of natural caster sugar (approx.)
- Turn on the oven to its lowest setting.
- Finely chop the apples and juice the lemon.
- Add the apples and lemon juice into a big heavy bottomed pan with the lemon juice.
- Cook the apples on a medium heat until they turn soft and squishy, add a splash of water if you think they will catch.
- Remove from the heat and puree with a hand held mixer or as we do, just mash with a masher!
- Add the sugar to taste and simmer - you may want to use more or less sugar depending on the tartness of the apples.
- After a few minutes any excess moisture should evaporate leaving you with a thick gloopy pulp.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread the mixture thinly on top.
- Put on the lowest shelf of the oven and leave over night to dry out - 9+ hours, or if your oven is as temperamental as mine do it during the day so you can keep an eye on it!
- In the morning the leather should be sticky to touch but underneath it should be lovely and glossy and should peel away from the paper quite easily.
- Cut and roll into strips and keep in the fridge.
These are really fun to make and you can have fun experimenting with lots of different fruit. Perfect to pop in your pocket as a tasty treat on an autumn walk through the leaves.