Friday, July 31, 2015
Banana Peach Fruit Leather Recipe | Family Economics
By Scarlet Paolicchi
This recipe for fruit leather, or strips, is a fun and easy project to make with your kids this summer. Not only are these strips flavorful and delicious, but they also serve as a nutritional snack, getting children excited about eating extra fruit. They are also a green choice as they use up very ripe fruit that may otherwise turn into food waste (the riper the fruit the sweeter the strips!) and bypasses food packaging waste as it is homemade. With only two ingredients, this recipe yields very tasty results that your family is sure to enjoy.
Banana Peach Fruit Leather
Prep: 60 minutes
Cook: 6 hours
Yield: 14 servings
4 ripe peaches
3 ripe bananas
Peel, cut in half, and remove pits of peaches. Slice the peaches into quarters and drop into a large pan over medium heat.
Peel bananas and break into quarters and drop into the same pan.
Use a masher to mix fruits together and bring mixture to a simmer.
Simmer over heat for about 45 minutes to reduce the water content.
Let cool for about 15 minutes.Now transfer to a flat tray dehydrator, smoothing the fruit out as evenly as possible so that it cooks evenly and thoroughly throughout. Set for 6 hours. (If you do not have a dehydrator, you can use a regular tray and place it in the oven, baking it at the lowest setting. Simply spread the fruit leather puree on a cookie sheet and cover with parchment paper. Leave for 8 hours, checking the consistency to make sure the fruit and leather is hardening.)
Allow fruit leather to cool and then slice into strips using a pizza cutter. Line with parchment strips and roll for storage. Place in a Ziploc® Brand Container with One Press Seal until ready to eat.
What fruits would you combine to make your homemade fruit leather?
Photo courtesy of Scarlet Paolicchi.