Today I want to share with you a simple, healthy Fruit leather recipe that I make in the dehydrator.
In South Africa we call them "Fruit Rolls" and they are loved and available in many forms and variations.
As they are not available here at all, I have become inventive and started to create a variety of fruit leather recipes depending on what fruit I have lying around that needs to be used up in one way or another.
My dehydrator is perfect for this purpose, and now with the new Silicone inlays, it has just become that much easier :)
As I mentioned earlier, I have a couple of these recipes and will share them with you as I get around to making them.
With these recipes I would suggest you use them as guidelines - feel free to add any extra fruit you have that needs to be used up, creating your own concoctions!
So for Berry-Apple Fruit Leather you will need the basic ingredients of:
Berries (I had some organic frozen berries in my freezer)
and Apples (these were given to me by a neighbour a while ago and I wanted to use them up before I had to throw them away :))
Begin by peeling and coring your apples and placing them in a pan.
Add a drop of water and steam until they are soft and mushy - "apple-saucey" :)
Mash and then add the berries.
Keeping on the heat, wait until the berries too are mushy.
At this point I taste my mix.
I decided to add a little something as the mix was rather on the sour side....
I added a pack of Vanilla sugar.....
and some over-ripe bananas.
Taste again and then if it is to your liking, whiz until smooth.
If you find it is still not sweet enough, you can add honey to keep it nice and healthy.
The mix should be smooth for the best fruit leather, you can leave it lumpy but the final product does not look as appetizing I can tell you :9
Spoon out on to the silicone sheets in each dehydrator tray.
I leave enough space on each side that it is easier to remove when finished.
Allow to dry until the leather is - well like leather, not really sticky to touch and rather dark.
It should come away quite easily.
Roll in some clingfilm and store.
I cut mine into small portions which I can add to the lunch boxes for school.
A nice healthy variation of getting your 5 a day ;)
Do come back for more dehydrator recipes soon.