Last week I showed you how to make fruit leather in a dehydrator. Today let’s look at how to make it in the oven.
How to Make Fruit Leather in the Oven
What You’ll Need:
Fruit (fresh or canned)
A cookie sheet
What You Do:
Chop your fruit, if using fresh. Drain your fruit, if using canned.
Then, give your fruit a quick whirl in the blender to puree it. You’ll need about three cups of puree to make a single batch of fruit leather. If you come up short, add more fruit, or stretch what you have by adding applesauce.
Line a cookie sheet with microwave-safe plastic wrap, be careful not to wrap the plastic too far down the sides of the pan. You don’t want it to come into contact with the oven rack when you pop it in the oven later.
Note: If you own a silicone baking mat, you can use this instead.
Then, spread your puree out on the cookie sheet, and smooth it out to an even 1/8-inch thick layer.
Stick the tray in the oven, and set it to its lowest temperature. On my oven that’s 200 degrees, but newer ovens usually have a warming setting that’s even lower. Since you want to dry the puree out – not cook it (or melt the plastic wrap) – the lowest option really is best.
Let it dry for 8-12 hours, or until the fruit feels dry to the touch.
Then, peel the fruit leather off of the plastic wrap, and cut it into individual servings. A pair of scissors or a pizza cutter makes quick work of this.
Finish by rolling your fruit leather up in a bit of parchment paper, and you have the perfect snack or lunchbox treat!
- Three cups of puree is enough to cover a 13×18″ cookie sheet, adjust the recipe up or down to accommodate the size of the cookie sheet that you’re using
- One can of fruit will give you approximately two cups of puree
- If you’re using a light-colored fruit – like apples – add a teaspoon of lemon juice to your puree to prevent darkening
- Applesauce makes great fruit leather, and requires no chopping or pureeing
- Need to run out before your fruit leather is done? Just turn the oven off, and turn it back on when you get home. If you leave the oven door closed, it’ll continue to dry while you’re gone
- Store your fruit leather in an air-tight container, and it’ll keep for several weeks
- Fruit (fresh or canned)
Line a cookie sheet with microwave-safe plastic wrap. Make sure the plastic wrap doesn’t extend too far down the sides of the pan; you don’t want it to touch the oven rack. If you own a silicone baking mat, you can use it instead.
Coarsely chop fresh fruit, or drain canned fruit.
Puree your fruit in the blender. It takes three cups of puree to make a batch of fruit leather. If you don’t have enough, puree more fruit, or top off your puree with applesauce.
Spread the puree out on your cookie sheet, so that you have an even layer.
Place it in the oven, and set it to the lowest temperature. If your oven has a warming setting, use that. You’re goal is to dry the fruit out — not cook it. It’ll take 8-12 hours to dry out your fruit leather in the oven. You’ll know it’s done, when it feels dry to the touch.
Peel your fruit leather off of the plastic wrap (or silicone baking mat), and cut it into strips with a pizza cutter or scissors.
Roll your finished fruit leather up in parchment, and store it in an air-tight container. It’ll keep for many weeks.
- This recipe is sized for a 13×18″ cookie sheet. If you’re using a larger or smaller cookie sheet, adjust the amount of puree accordingly. You want a 1/8-inch layer of fruit puree covering the entire cookie sheet.
- One can of fruit yields around two cups of puree.
- Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to light-colored fruit purees, to prevent browning.
- Skip all the chopping and pureeing by making fruit leather out of applesauce.
- If you need to run out before your fruit leather is done, just turn the oven off, and turn it back on when you get back.