Thursday, 24 May 2012

Homemade Fruit Leather




I was at Costco the other day, and kiwis were on sale... if you have ever been to Costco, you know that there is no such thing as a small package of anything. Consequently, I ended up having a ton of kiwis and not a ton of ideas on what to do with them.

As a kid I loved Fruit Roll Up, so I decided to see if it was possible to make a homemade version without a dehydrator. There is! The beauty of this recipe is that you can use any fruit you want, it is preservative and chemical free, and it is not loaded with sugar!



This is a very simple and kid friendly recipe. It does take a bit of time to turn the fruit puree into fruit "leather" though (5-7 hours in the oven), so make sure you account for this before beginning the recipe... In other words, don't start this recipe on a whim at 7 o'clock at night or you'll be up at 1 in the morning to take it out of the oven. The outcome is definitely worth the wait though!

It is perfectly tangy and pure tasting... I could not have been more impressed with the outcome!


Put the beautiful, fresh, cut up kiwis with lemon juice in a saucepan...


Cook until soft and the majority of the liquid in them has been cooked off...


Pureed nice and smooth (I added natural, organic, green food coloring to get a vibrant green color).


Spread the puree thinly on a plastic wrapped baking sheet... in the oven it goes!



Enjoy :)



Homemade Kiwi Fruit Leather

(12 servings)

Ingredients:
  • 12 kiwis (or about 4 cups of whatever fruit you want)
  • juice of 1 lemon, divided
  • sweetener to taste (I chose to use about 16g stevia-- equivalent to about 2/3 cup regular sugar)
  • natural food dye, optional
Method:
  1. Place peeled, cut kiwis (or other fruit) and the juice of 1/2 a lemon into a medium saucepan over low heat. You will notice the fruit soften, change color, and a liquid will form at the bottom. If you are using regular sugar, add it now. If you are using a sweetener, wait until step 2 to add it. Continue to cook on low, stirring often, until most of the liquid has evaporated. Do not burn the fruit! 
  2. Preheat oven to lowest setting on your oven (Mine was 170 degrees F, but you could go as low as 120 degrees F. Don't go over 170 degrees F). Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray. Lay plastic wrap down over the sheet, then spray the top of the plastic wrap with nonstick spray also. 
  3. Remove saucepan from heat and transfer to a blender or food processor. Add sweetener (if you have not already) and the juice of 1/2 a lemon; blend until very smooth. Strain the fruit puree if desired (I left mine because I think the seeds are pretty)
  4. Smooth the fruit puree over the plastic wrap (between an 1/8th and a 1/4 of an inch thick). Bake for approximately 5-6 hours. The baking time will depend on the thickness of the puree and the temperature of the oven. It is done when the color has darkened and it is dry to the touch. It should peel off the plastic wrap very easily. You can store the leather wrapped up in parchment/wax paper on the counter or in the refrigerator. 

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
(For 1/12th of the recipe, about a 5x2.5 inch rectangular piece)
  • 50 Calories
  • 12g Carbohydrates
    • 8g Sugar
    • 2g Fiber
  • 1g Fat
  • 1g Protein

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