Last Saturday morning, Country Boy woke me to tell me that one of the freezers had accidentally been turned off on (probably on Tuesday) and we had a whole freezer of cold, but defrosted food. I had been dreaming that I had just given birth to quins (5 babies). It was one of those super real dreams which had freaked me out a little, so waking to a freezer full of defrosted food didn’t seem as big a hassle as it might have otherwise. Fortunately it wasn’t the freezer with the pig and lambs that we had put in a few weeks ago, but we still had 20 portions of defrosted bacon (which we chopped up, fried on the bbq and then refroze) and a few random bits and pieces that we needed to deal with.
In among the miscellaneous food items, were 5 plastic containers of apple puree. Last summer we picked wild apples from the side of the road, stewed them up, and froze them to eat with pork. I had been meaning to have a go at making fruit leather for ages so I added a container of frozen plums for extra flavour and colour, and popped them in the oven. The kids have been taking them to school in their lunch boxes for a snack, and they seem to be a hit.
- 2 cups of pureed fruit - I used apple and a little plum (apple, strawberries, stone fruit all work well) - you can mix them together.
- 2T sugar (depending on how sweet you want your leather)
- Make sure your puree is super smooth by blitzing it with a food processor or blender.
- Add sugar and puree again.
- Line a biscuit tray with baking paper.
- Spread the pureed fruit evenly all over the lined tray. It should be no more than half a centimeter thick.
- Place the tray in the oven at 60*c for a fan forced oven and leave for 4 to 6 hours until the surface is no longer sticky.
- Turn off the oven and allow the leather to cool.
- Use Scissors to cut into long strips.
- Store in an airtight container.
I made four trays of the fruit leather, so we have plenty on hand for the kids to snack on.
Have you ever had a dream that freaks you out? Had a freezer get turned off by mistake? Have you made your own fruit leather?