Honey and Apricot Fruit Leather
Drying apricots intensifies their sweet-tart flavors, and the addition of a little honey balances out the overall taste of this fruit leather. It’s a nice way to turn extra apricots into a healthy and portable snack.
Special equipment: You will need a nonstick silicone baking mat.
Game plan: The fruit leather has a 6- to 7-hour baking time, so plan accordingly.
This recipe was featured as part of our Make Your Own Fruit Leather project.
- 1 1/2 pounds ripe apricots, pitted and quartered
- 1/3 cup honey
- Pinch fine salt
- 1Heat the oven to 170°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat and place on a flat work surface; set aside.
- 2Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until you’ve got a very smooth purée, about 1 minute. Transfer the mixture to a medium saucepan.
- 3Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula, until the mixture starts to bubble around the edges. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens slightly and reduces to about 1 3/4 to 2 cups, about 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a heatproof container with a spout or return to the cleaned, dried blender pitcher.
- 4Slowly pour the mixture onto the baking mat, tracing the inside of the colored border to create a rectangle. (If your baking mat has no border, leave a 1-inch border from the edge.)
- 5Pour the remaining mixture within the borders of the rectangle in a zigzag pattern (do not pour it all into the middle of the baking mat). Using the rubber spatula, push the mixture to cover any empty parts within the rectangle (the surface will not be even).
- 6Keeping the baking sheet on the work surface, grasp the edges of the sheet—pressing against the exposed border of the baking mat with your thumbs—and gently shake back and forth to even out the surface of the mixture, rotating the baking sheet and shaking as necessary.
- 7Place in the oven and bake until the surface of the fruit leather is slightly sticky to the touch but, when pressed in several different places, a finger does not leave an indentation, about 6 to 7 hours. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, place on a wire rack, and let cool completely.
- 8Set aside a 16-inch-long sheet of waxed or parchment paper. Starting at one short edge of the cooled fruit leather, pull it up from the baking mat and transfer it to the paper. Using clean kitchen scissors, cut through the fruit leather and paper to form desired-sized strips, shapes, or pieces and roll up, paper and all (to prevent sticking). Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
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