We love to eat fruit whole in the summer; cherries, nectarines, plums, grapes. We cannot get enough fresh fruit. But when it comes to packing camp lunches for my kids, the fruit always seems to make it home again squashed and bruised. So instead of sending more pre packaged snacks, I decided to find another way for my kids to get their fruit fix while at camp. I discovered how to make my own fruit leather, in a few, easy steps, without any special equipment needed.
Cherry Fruit Leather
4 cups cherries, pitted
¼ cup water
¼ cup natural honey
Preheat oven to 75 degrees Celsius. Prepare two baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
Remove stems and pits from cherries.
Place cherries and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a low boil, stirring and cooking until all cherries have broken down.
Transfer to a blender (a food processor or hand blender may also be used). Blend until completely smooth. Return to pan. Add honey and cook until thickened, roughly 10 minutes.
Divide mixture between prepared baking sheets. Use an offset spatula to spread out the cherry mixture as evenly as possible.
Bake in oven for 5 hours or until just slightly tacky.
Place a sheet of parchment and cutting board on to of fruit leather. Flip pan, removing pan and silicone baking sheet.
Cut into long strips, tape or tie off to secure. Store in an airtight container.