What do you do when you pick a bunch of perfectly ripe plums and they start oozing sticky juice all over the fridge and the countertops and the inside of lunch boxes? Make fruit leather, obviously! My Aunt Charlene made the best fruit leather. I always looked forward to the big batch that she would very generously bestow upon our family every summer. And now you can make some, too!
You don’t need huge buckets of fruit to make fruit leather. One baking sheet only holds about 3-4 cups of puree. I think I had maybe 20 or so plums that I worked with today and that produced 2 sheets of fruit leather.
Start by prepping your fruit. Wash it! Then prepare it. If you’re using stone fruit, remove the pits (don’t cut yourself! Ripe stone fruit is slippery!). If you’re prepping berries, just remove the stems. If you’re prepping apples or pears, peel and core and cook until soft before pureeing. I wouldn’t recommend making fruit leather with citrus or bananas.
After you’ve prepped your fruit, put it in your blender or food processor and puree the fruit. Once you’ve measured how many cups you have, add about a tablespoon of honey per cup of puree. Taste test it before you pour it in the pan. Some batches of fruit might require a bit more honey depending on their ripeness.
Next you’ll pour your mixture into a plastic wrap-lined baking sheet and smooth it out. Place that bad boy in a 140 degree oven and leave it alone for 6-8 hours (or more, if needed). Fruit leather is done when it’s no longer sticky and the surface is smooth.
Quickly roll up the fruit leather while it is still warm. Enjoy!
- 1 Cup Pureed Fruit
- 1 Tbs Honey
- Preheat oven to 140 degrees.
- Line baking sheets with plastic wrap (don't use wax paper or parchment paper).
- Prepare fruit by washing, removing pits and stems, etc.
- Puree fruit in blender or food processor. For each cup of pureed fruit, add one Tablespoon of honey. Blend well.
- Pour mixture onto lined baking sheet (about 3 cups of mixture should fill the baking sheet nicely) and smooth with a spatula.
- Place in oven for 6-8 hours or until set.
- Cut into strips, roll up and place in a ziploc bag to preserve freshness.
- Food Prep Tip: Fruit leather can be stored in the freezer!