Fruit Leather Recipe




Introduction: Fruit Leather Recipe

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Homemade fruit is the perfect snack for any health conscious foodies.  This no-sugar added recipe is great as a childrens snack - they won't be able to tell the difference!  

Step 1: Ingredients

Fresh Fruit - I used strawberries, wash and cut off the tops
Lemon Juice - 1-2 table spoons

Step 2: Puree Strawberries

Blend your fruit together using a food processor or a blender.  Make sure you get your fruit puree as thin as possible getting all fruit chunks out.  Add 1-2 table spoons of lemon juice.

You can add sugar if you like, but the mixture is naturally very sweet.

Step 3: Heat Up on Stove

Heat puree on stove top.  Bring to a boil and let the mixture boil for 4-5 minutes.  Bring down to a simmer and leave on the stove on low heat for 40 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken.

Mix consistently to avoid burning on the bottom of the pan. 

Step 4: Prep for Oven and Bake

Preheat the oven to 140 degrees.

Pour mixture on a flat sheet lined with parchment paper.  Spread over the sheet with a spatula or the back of a spoon.  Make sure the mixture is evenly spread over the sheet and not too thick or thin.

Cook for 8 hours.  The fruit leather is ready when it is no longer sticky (puree is completely dry) and you can peel it off the parchment paper. 



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    39 Discussions


    2 years ago

    This looks awesome. Your recipe says parchment paper, but I see a Wax paper box in the photo. Can I use Wax paper?

    I have a second question which may eliminate my first question. Has anyone tried making fruit leather in their car? It seems so eco-friendly and nice to not get any extra oven heat in the house...

    I have a question: can you make the puree ahead of time, then refrigerate it (say, overnight) and then do the rest of the recipe the next day? I have an 11-month-old and a husband who works 15-16 hour days and live in a town in which I know nobody, and the food processor terrifies my child, so I have a very limited window of time in which I can use it.

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    I have made lots of fruit leather especially when I committed to the 100 mile diet - that is when one commits to eat nothing that comes from more than 100 miles from where one lives, for a period of 100 days. It really drives home the message about how expensive our food is to the environment when you consider all the miles it travels and the CO2 emissions en route.

    First, note that most fruit leather is 90% apples with 10% blueberries, plums, strawberries or other – or 100% apples.

    Cut the apples into quarters and remove the core. Leave the skin on. Cut smaller and fill a big microwave-proof bowl. Add a small amount of other fruit if you like. Microwave until the apple is cooked (doing it in the microwave means you don’t have to add extra liquid to prevent it burning).

    Now transfer the fruit to your food processor, add a good dollop of honey and process until everything is pureed.

    In a small room in your house, set up a de-humidifier and a sheet of plywood or similar covered with a piece of 6mil polythene (the fruit leather doesn’t stick to poly). Spread the fruit puree onto the plastic at about quarter of an inch thick, switch on the de-humidifier and close the door. In about 24 hours or maybe less, the leather is dry enough to be peeled off and turned over. Another 24 hours and it will probably be ‘done’. Roll it up and bag it as it is hygroscopic.

    I actually made a gadget to spread an even ¼ inch layer of the puree 6 inches wide, rather like a hopper. This is just a simple wooden box about 6 inches wide and 2 inches across and 2 or 3 inches deep, open top and bottom. But one of the long sides is ¼ inch less deep so that when placed on the plastic there is a ¼ inch slot at the bottom. I fill the hopper and as I drag it across the plastic it deposits an exact 6 inch wide x ¼ inch thick ribbon of puree.

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    If I could add photos to a reply I would as that would make it easy for you to understand - but I can't. Size doesn't matter much but mine is made from strips of wood about quarter of an inch thick and 3 inches wide. Cut two pieces 7 inches long and two pieces 2 inches long. Nail the long pieces to the short ones to make a box, open top and bottom, BUT when nailing the second long side raise it up about a quarter of an inch or slightly less. I've just measured mine and it is 2 tenths. That's it. Now when you put the box on something flat three sides will be touching the surface and the fourth side will be quarter of an inch off the surface. Fill the 'hopper' with your puree and drag it across the plastic. You will need to refill the hopper as you go. Is that clear?

    ...For "Korlee" ....this is the USA ...strictly Imperial 140 F

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    Thanks for clarification! I did wonder whether Fahrenheit or Centigrade, as I'm in the UK - where ovens can be listed in either!

    Great Ible... I rate it 5* !!
    I've always wanted to try drying fruits for hiking and mountaineering, will try it out one of these days...

    ehm.. for "tonygoffe"... i think that's a great question by Korlee, since instructible members aren't only people residing in the US, and certainly not everyone are using the Imperial Measure.


    ...sigh...No, I live in Jamaica, where we OFFICIALLY use metric..but my old habits and perceptions die hard...was just trying to be helpful...
    SUGGESTION : ALL Instructables should be posted in BOTH that the rest of the world may benefit.............not that difficult1!

    here here! those (like me) who use a different system have to scratch our heads about time/measurements/heats when we could be making awesome stuff like this fruit leather :) :) :)

    this may seem right !but what all the ones that are in metric and no imperial!!!!!!!
    many more I expect, so we generation that are stuck in the past have to try converting everything from metric into imperial which is a nightmare,
    so just leave the pint, quart, 3/16" 2" etc alone and get on with your life,

    in peace

    ....and this is Spain, Europe, using International Standad units. Many readers and contributors are outside the USA.

    Use the units you want, ant let others do the same. But this is all about communication, so specifying the units you are using is part of a good communication.

    i LOVED fruit leather as a younger child ( i could have lived off fruit and nuts then...) but haven't found it since! i love the idea of making it myself :)

    looks great. how do you store once its ready? does it need to be refrigerated? how long does it last?

    Awesome recipe but mine turned out to be burned on the sides and only the middle was like it should be.

    Does it just have to be strawberries? Or any fruit that can be baked?

    Also do you have to add the lemon juice? Or is it just for preserving it?

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    You can use any fruit, pretty much. The lemon is used so it can better the taste, as well as adding sugar. When you've got a puree, see if it needs either, sometimes it does, sometime it doesn't. (:

    Blueberries on sale this week at the market. I'm going to give this one a try. Excellent instructable by the way. Thank you.

    Mmmm.... will totally have to make this in the near future (thankfully I have access to a dehydrator, so that makes it doubly easy)!