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Homemade Fruit Leather and Apple Chips

Homemade Fruit Leather and Apple Chips
Messiness: Medium
Age Range: 4y - 9y
Estimated Time: <30 mins

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Stephanie Sims
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My kids adore finding fruits in our garden...but the discoveries are even sweeter when we find enough to make our favorite snacks!

How We Did It

Homemade Fruit Leather and Apple Chips

A few days ago, Maddie and I were thrilled to see this sign posted just three houses away from ours. A couple of these apples, mixed with our own (very first) small apples, and other fruits from our trees, and we had the makings of some amazing (healthy) treats. Can you say "snack time!"? 

Homemade Fruit Leather and Apple Chips

First we made homemade peach fruit leather. I peeled five peaches, and Madeleine cut them up into small slices.

Homemade Fruit Leather and Apple Chips
Into the blender they go, with a couple of tablespoons of honey (to taste), and two teaspoons of lemon juice.
Homemade Fruit Leather and Apple Chips

Blend your fruit until it's pureed. Check to make sure it's tasty! Does it need more honey? More lemon? Children love being in charge of these Very Important Decisions.

Homemade Fruit Leather and Apple Chips

Line your cookie sheet (or baking pans) with plastic wrap, and pour your fruit into the bottom of the pan. The thickness will be determined by personal preference, so pour the puree according to how you like it--thin and pliable, or thicker for chewier fruit leather.

Homemade Fruit Leather and Apple Chips

Rotate your tray to distribute the puree evenly over the pan, or use a spoon if that's easier. Put your oven on the lowest temperature (ours is 170f), and place your tray on the top shelf, with the oven door cracked open a few inches.

Homemade Fruit Leather and Apple Chips

Check your leather at three hours. (You can tear off a piece to test its texture. I looked for spots that still looked wet or that felt tacky to the touch--both signs that the fruit needs to dry further.) Three to four hours should do it for thin fruit leather, four to five hours for thicker leathers (or for strawberry fruit leathers).

Out it up in strips, slices, or other shapes when it's done. We leave the plastic backing on, and just roll it up.

Homemade Fruit Leather and Apple Chips

Variations: For strawberry leather, follow this same recipe, using four to five cups of strawberries. For apple and pear, use two large apples and two pears, adding a bit of water (a couple tablespoons at a time) into your blender to ensure a puree.

Homemade Fruit Leather and Apple Chips

For wonderful apple chips, use four to five apples (no need to peel - just core them) and water, and proceed as above, using a plastic-lined 9x13 pan for 3-5 hours, checking at three hours. They're so fantastically crispy and delicious!

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Delicious!!! We love making these and eating them!

posted by: Stephanie on 11.10.2013

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I was wondering about the plastic also. What brand do you use?

posted by: Lacy on 11.2.2013

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how long will they store in a air tight container?

posted by: Catriona on 10.23.2013

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Ok, my plastic wrap melted after only 2 hours. What am I doing wrong? Should I use parchment paper instead?

posted by: Shauna on 5.24.2013

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I can't wait to try this!

posted by: Jenny on 10.11.2012

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