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Fruit Leather, Quick (P)
Source: Joan Pierce via the internet
Serves: 6

3 fresh peaches, nectarines, apricots, pears, or plums
4-1/2 teaspoons sugar
Plastic wrap for microwave

In blender or food processor, blend fruit and sugar until smooth. Pour fruit puree into microwave-safe bowl and cook on high 8 to 10 minutes, or until puree is reduced by about half.

Lay a piece of microwave safe plastic wrap on a 10" microwave safe plate. Evenly spread 1/4 cup fruit mixture to a 6-1/2" diameter circle. Make sure edges are not too thin or they will scorch. Elevate plate on to of inverted (upside down) microwave safe saucer. Microwave at medium (50 %) power about 5 minutes or until leather is no longer sticky in center. If more cooking time is needed, cook at medium in 25 second increments, watching closely so that leather does not burn.

Carefully place plastic wrap with fruit leather on wire rack to cool. Let stand at room temperature overnight to dry. Repeat with remaining fruit puree. Roll up leathers in plastic wrap. Store at room temperature up to a week.

Sunshine Method:
Follow directions above through cooking fruit puree in microwave. Let cool.

On plastic wrapped trays or cookie sheets, spread fruit into 6-1/2" circle or rectangle 1/4" thick. Cover pans with cheesecloth.

Place pans in direct sunlight for 12 to 24 hours until dry. Fruit leather is done when edges pull back from plastic and center is no longer sticky.

Posted by Annice Grinberg, Z'L

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A