Foodland Ontario and Emily Richards team up to bring you this great recipe for real "fruit leather" - easy to pack for snacks or chopped up and added to cookies and cakes. Be sure to pick up a basket (or two!) of fresh Ontario grown fruit to use in this recipe.
- 2 lbs (1 kg) fresh Ontario peaches
- 3 cups (750 mL) water
- 1/3 cups (75 mL) lemon juice
- 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
In large bowl combine water, lemon juice and salt.
Pit peaches and cut them into thin slices. Add peaches to water mixture and let soak for 10 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer peaches to paper towel-lined baking sheet and pat dry. Arrange peach slices in a single layer on cheesecloth lined cooling racks.
Place racks in 170°F (85°C) oven and let peaches dry for about 4 hours or until no water comes out when peaches are pinched (leathery and pliable). Let cool completely. Place peach slices in glass jars or parchment or waxed paper-lined cookie tins.
Apple or Pear Variation: Use Ontario apples or pears for the peaches.
Spice Variation: If you would like a little bit more flavour in your dried fruit, Add 1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon, ground cardamom or nutmeg or Chinese 5 spice powder to the lemon water when soaking fruit.