Fruit leather (gf/vg)

These are a homemade version of the dried fruit rolls you can buy from the supermarket with a bear on the front of the packaging. They are easy to make
and last for months in the fridge, and  you can use any fruit you have available.
  • 500g hedgerow fruit
  • 500 g cooking apples (peeled, cored and chopped)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 150g honey or sugar
  1. Put the fruit, apples and lemon juice into a saucepan and cook gently into they have turned into a soft pulp.
  2. Preheat the oven to 60 degrees C and line 2 baking sheets or trays with baking parchment.
  3. Rub the pulp through a sieve into a large bowl.  Add the honey or sugar to the bowl and discard the remaining fruit skins, seeds and stalk in the sieve.
  4. Mix the fruit puree and the honey / sugar well. (At this point you can freeze the mix for drying in the winter months).
  5. Divide the puree between the two trays and spread evenly across from edge to edge.
  6. Put the baking sheets in the oven and leave for 12-18 hours or until the fruit mix is completely dry and peels off the parchment easily.  If you have a dehydrator or a range cooker with a cool   oven these can be used instead.
  7. Once totally dry, roll up the leather and paper and store in the fridge.  The easiest way to cut rolls off the whole leather is to use scissors. Use within 5 months.