Do you think you can put up with one more peach recipe?
I happened to have a few over ripe peaches and decided to try my luck with fruit leather.
I think kids of all ages love fruit leather. I know my adult children as well as grandchildren love it when I buy a box of fruit rolls at the store. The problem is they are loaded with sugar.
The great thing about making fruit leather at home is that you control what goes in. My peaches were already very sweet, so I just added a bit of honey and the results were perfect.
You will need:
4 cups peach puree or 4-6 ripe peaches depending on the size
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ascorbic acid (fruit fresh) , if desired to prevent browning
Silpat mat or parchment paper
Wash the peaches really well by rubbing the skin.
You can leave the skins on, but if they are bruised or have blemish marks on them, remove them.
Place peaches in a blender.
Look to the right of the picture and check out my amazing honey that was given to me by my amazing bee keeper neighbor. I love the honey comb.
Add 1/2 teaspoon ascorbic acid (fruit fresh). I like to add this to prevent the peaches from going an ugly brown. The ascorbic acid helps keep the color of the leather bright and peachy.
Drizzle in 1 tablespoon raw natural honey.
Blend until the mixture is completely smooth and there are no lumps or peach chunks remaining.
Line a baking sheet with a Silpat mat or parchment paper.
Parchment paper works great if a silicone mat isn’t available.
Carefully pour the puree onto the lined baking sheet.
Using an offset spatula carefully spread the puree. Trying not to go over the edges.
Easier said than done. Don’t stress if the puree sneaks over the edge. You will just have to wash the baking sheet. No real harm will be done.
Place in a preheated 250 degree Fahrenheit oven. Bake for 2-4 hours. I know that’s a huge time difference, but it just depends on your oven, how thick the puree is and how thick the puree is spread.
After 2 hours check every 15 minutes or so. Touch the middle of the leather. If some of the puree sticks to your finger than continue to cook.
The top of the puree needs to be dry to the touch.
Let the leather sit for at least 2 hours.
A couple of tricks I have learned:
- Letting the leather sit overnight in the oven, once the oven is turned off, can be a good idea
- If the edges get crispy, don’t fret. Remove from oven and allow the leather to cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap overnight and the leather will soften up.
Once the leather is completely cooled and dry, remove from the parchment paper or silicone mat.
Cut into strips any size you want. I like to put the quilting ruler that my grandmother gave me to good use. I placed the ruler on top of the leather and used a pizza cutter to cut the strips. I cut my strips
1 1/4 -inches wide.
Cut strips of parchment paper the same width as the leather.
I’m sure there is an easier way. This works for me and I like the end result.
Roll fruit up with the parchment paper strip.
Tape the end of the paper to hold in place.
Sometimes the tape doesn’t stick well to the parchment so I had to tie a little string around them.
Peach Fruit Leather
Fruit leather is a great way to use up "seconds" or fruit that is nearing it's prime. The appearance of the fruit doesn't matter and this is when they have the sweetest flavor.
- 4 cups peach puree 4-6 peaches depending on size
- 1/2 teaspoon ascorbic acid or fruit fresh
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Line one baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
Wash peaches. Remove pits and skins if blemished. Put peaches, ascorbic acid and honey in a blender. Blend until completely smooth.
Carefully pour puree onto prepared baking sheet then smooth puree evenly into a rectangle. Make sure not to let the puree go completely to the edges of the parchment or mat. Place in preheated oven and bake for 2-4 hours. After 2 hours check every 15 min. Press finger onto leather. Leather should feel dry to the touch and not stick to fingers.
Allow to cool 2-3 hours. Once leather is cool remove from mat and cut into desired size strips. Cut strips of parchment the same size and roll leather onto the parchment paper. Store in an airtight container.
Makes 9-10 that have been cut into 1 1/4-inch strips.
Christina Foppoli says
Mine stuck to the parchment paper! How Do i get it off???
Janet Barton says
Oh No!! 🙀 I’m so sorry to hear that. I have not had that happen. However, I am learning that not all parchment papers are alike. I have always purchased my parchment paper from gygi.com and I have never had sticking problems. You could try baking the leather longer on a lower oven temp until leather peels away easily from the parchment. Set on the counter to fully cool down for 4 hours or overnight. Using scissors cut the parchment paper from the edges and then into strips. Please let me know if this helps.
Just one thought: maybe a dehydrator would preserve the natural flavor better?
Maybe there's a reason you haven't done this, but I usually make mine on parchment paper (rather than silpat) so I can just cut it up into strips when I'm done. 🙂
How long will these keep if I put them in a sealed Mason jar?
Janet Barton says
My family generally eats them all in less than 2 weeks, so I haven't had to store them longer than that. They should keep for a month or so as long as there isn't a lot of moisture in the jar.
Le Coin de Mel says
That sounds and looks amazing, Janet! Pinning now for later.
Janet Barton says
Janet Barton says
Sorry for the confusion, Courtney. There is a product called Fruit Fresh that has ascorbic acid in it. It is sold at Harmon's by the canning jars and products. They carry a brand by Ball called "Fruit Fresh". Let me know if you have any other questions.
Gordon and Courtney Cope says
Where do you get ascorbic acid? I'm confused by that step!
Candes Shewmaker says
I usually find it in the aisle at the grocery store where they sell the canning supplies, (ie mason jars or Ball products.)