Fruit leathers take time to make but are well worth the effort.
Autumn berries are full of vitamins, flavonoids and immune-boosting properties.
They will last a few months if you can resist them that long.
(This recipe makes about 2-3 sheets)
You will need
- 500g Berries – you can use elderberries, blackberries or rosehips (remember to remove all the seeds from the rosehips)
- 500g Apples – peeled, cored and chopped
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 150g Honey
You can make fruit leather using an oven on a very low setting 60-800c or in a dehydrator 40-500c.
Line the baking sheets or dehydrator racks with non-stick baking parchment.
Put the fruit and lemon juice into a pan and cook very gently until soft and pulpy (about 20 mins)
Rub the mixture through a sieve into a bowl; you will probably have between 500-700g of smooth fruit puree. Add the honey (about 150g per 700g of puree) and stir thoroughly.
Spread the fruit mixture out (divide equally between the baking sheets), with the back of a spoon, creating a thin, even layer.
Put the baking sheets in the oven (or dehydrator), do check regularly. The fruit leathers will be ready when they are completely dry to touch and peel off the parchment paper easily. This usually takes between 4-8 hrs, depending on the fruit you use and your oven etc.
When they are ready, cut into even widths and lengths and roll up into spirals. Store wrapped in greaseproof paper, in an airtight container. They will last up to 3 months if stored correctly.
Sweet, delicious and full of goodness.