11 Nov

Homemade Apple Fruit Leathers

Our dear friend Lindsey Stewart of Green Apple Photography is always doing fun activities with her two little peanuts and we are always drooling over her instagram pictures of all the yummy {not to mention healthy} recipes she is whipping up!  We are so excited to share with you all her delicious homemade apple fruit leather recipe today! There is something about homemade that just makes everything so much better and this recipe is simple and perfect for using up extra apples or any left over fruit for that matter! These fruit leather slices would also be perfect to pack in a baggie and take with you as a snack on the go! We are for sure trying this out for ourselves this weekend! Recipe details below!

 

INGREDIENTS:
– 4 apples
– 1/2 cup water
– 1 Lemon
– 1 tsp Cinnamon
– 1/8 tsp cardamon
– 2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup {optional}


DIRECTIONS:

1. Peel, core and dice the apples

2. Place in a sauce-pan with 1/2 cup of water, and bring to a simmer

3. Add 1/2 juice of lemon, spices and sweetener

4. Once it’s simmering, turn down to medium-low, and stir every 5-10 minutes or so, until the apples are soft and mushy.

5. Take the apple mixture and blend in a food processor, blender or immersion blender. I used my blender and it worked like a charm. Be careful if it’s still hot and open the air vent on your processor or blender. Or, you could let it cool a bit before blending.

6. Turn the oven on it’s lowest setting, which for me was 170.

7. Place either parchment paper or a Silpat on a cookie sheet, and spread the apple mixture as smoothly as possible. That way it will cook evenly.

8. Cook anywhere from 3-5 hours. My mixture was really thick and took the full 5 hours. If you have yours spread thinner, it will go quicker. Start checking around the 3 hours mark. If you get inpatient, like me, you can turn the heat up to 200 at the end to speed things along. Just watch the leather, so it doesn’t burn. The leather should be rubbery when finished, but not overly dry.
9. Let cool for 10 minutes, and then slice and enjoy! We ate the whole batch!
  
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