Fruit leather (or “fruit roll-ups”) make a great snack for full-size and tiny humans. Inspired by an abundance of frozen plums from backyard, impending bumper crop and recent success with a strawberry fruit leather, I created a batch of plum fruit leather with honey and plums. I know exactly what did and did not go into this snack. Very little work all the way around, except the honey bees. Our plum tree is several decades old and therefore little to no effort and I am a devotee to the lazy beekeeping method. To jazz it up a bit, I incorporated candied ginger into half of the batch. All in all a very easy recipe!
Plum Dandy Fruit Leather
- 3 – 4 cups chopped, pitted plums
- ½ cup water
- 2 heaping tablespoons honey (add more if you want them sweeter)
- ½ cup chopped candied ginger, fresh would work too, but use less *OPTIONAL
Heat plums and water over medium low until soften and starting to simmer. Blend up a bit using an immersion blender or potato masher, just to get it to start liquefying more. Add honey and continue to simmer, mash/blend until it is the consistency of apple sauce. Now blend it up really well. It would be a-ok to use a regular blender as well, just transfer back and forth. If it seems too thick add more water, a tablespoon at a time. You do not want to add too much or it will take longer to dehydrate but you need it to be spreadable into a thin layer.
Prepare your jelly roll pan with parchment paper and pour in plum sauce, smoothing it out into a thin even layer. Pop into the oven at 175 F for about 2-3 hours depending on your oven. Goal is to dry it till its tacky. I use the convection option on my oven, which I think speeds it along. Caution to not over dry or it will be brittle and crack.
When done, remove the pan and slide the parchment paper with fruit leather onto a cooling rack. Let it cool to room temperature, 10-20 minutes. Trim off the extra paper on the side, but do not unwrap. Roll the sheet up and then cut with a knife or scissors into 1-2 inch sections. I taped them with washi tape to keep together and differentiate the plum-ginger version. Store in an airtight container or refrigerator, if it lasts that long. I think I might also trying cutting with cookie cutters for a playful snack and definitely will be trialing this with other fruits. Based on my back yard, there will be an Asian Pear version later this summer. Yikes!
Other Fruit Leather Versions: Original 50 Mile Strawberry Fruit Leather
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