This month, I gave fruit leather a go – it’s a project I’ve never tried. I assumed I’d need a dehydrator, but this recipe is simple to follow. I made mine with blackberries – it’s a fabulous way to deal with a glut. The result is a chewy, intensely fruity snack.
MAKES 1 large sheet (about 10 strips)
PREP 10 mins COOK 3-6 hrs
MORE EFFORT V
400g fresh or frozen strawberries or blackberries (defrosted if frozen), any stalks removed
1 dessert apple, cored and cut into chunks
1 Tip the berries and apple into a saucepan. Cover and cook over a low heat until the berries start to break down and release their juices and the apple is soft – how long this process takes will depend on the type and ripeness of the fruit.
2 Remove from the heat. Tip the fruit mixture into a food processor and blitz to a purée, then use the back of a spoon to push the mixture through a sieve into a clean pan. Discard the seeds left in the sieve.
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