Snacks & Treats
Apple, Pear And Squash Fruit Leather
By Jen Kossowan, Mama. Papa. Bubba.
Sep 11, 2015
Call me crazy, but one of the things I’m looking forward to as my little one starts kindergarten this year is packing her fun lunches full of nutritious foods.
This homemade fruit leather made with fall produce is delicious, nutritious and makes the perfect addition to any school lunchbox.
It’s also much easier to make than you might expect and I promise that your little ones will have no idea it contains squash (so long as you don’t let them in on our little secret).
You Will Need:
- 2 large apples, peeled and chopped
- 2 ripe pears, chopped
- 1/2 of a small squash (acorn and butternut both work great), peeled and chopped
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/2 cup 100% pure juice or water
- medium sized pot with a lid
- blender or food processor
- parchment paper
- large baking sheet
- kitchen scissors
- washi tape or baker’s twine
1. Place your apples, pears, squash, freshly-squeezed lemon juice and pure fruit juice or water into your pot and simmer, with the lid on, over medium heat until the fruit is nice and soft.
2. Fully purée the fruit until smooth. You can do this once the simmered fruit has had a chance to cool, or you can do it while the fruit is still hot. If you’re puréeing hot fruit, be sure to allow an opening for the steam to escape out of the top of your food processor or blender—nobody wants a hot fruit explosion on their hands!
3. Once smooth, transfer the fruit puree onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and do your best to ensure that it evenly covers the pan’s surface. This can be done by spreading the mixture out with a spatula or back of a spoon and then tapping the pan down on a hard, flat surface a few times.
4. Place the pan of fruit purée into the oven set at its lowest temperature (usually around 150º F) and leave it for about 7 or 8 hours.
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5. Remove the fruit leather from the oven when it’s still slightly sticky to the touch, but not at all wet. You may find that part of your fruit leather will be done earlier than the rest. In this case, simply remove the pan from the oven, cut off the finished part using kitchen scissors and the return the still wet part to the oven.
6. Use your kitchen scissors to cut off the excess parchment paper around the edges. Then cut through both the paper and fruit leather to create long, thin strips. Roll the strips up and secure them with washi tape or baker’s twine.
7. Store the fruit leather in an airtight container and pop the rolls into your little one’s lunchbox as a delicious and nutritious treat!
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