Fruit Leathers

Yield: 2 each

This recipe relies on a dehydrator. I have an Excalibur 9000, which came with a wonderful cookbook. There are many possibilities with a dehydrator – making fruit leathers is one of the most basic.  I capture the basic method here. Be sure to use clean, ripe, fresh fruit.

Take 1 1/2 cups of chopped fruit and add it to a blender. Process it until it is pureed. If you must, add a bit (1 teaspoon at a time) of water. You want it thick like muffin batter.

Prepare drying racks by covering them with pendaflex mats (they come with the dehydrator) or parchment paper.

Pour 3/4 cup of the fruit puree into the center of a mat. Using an off-set spatula, spread the puree into a circle leaving the edges about 1/4″ thick and the center 1/8′ inch thick (this is so the edges don’t turn brittle during drying).

Place in dehydrator at 135 degrees. It will take about 4-6 hours to dry, depending on your local humidity.



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