Apple Pear Carrot Fruit Leather

Homemade Carrot Pear Apple Fruit Leather

After getting our batch of banana berry fruit leather in the oven, Gracen and I decided to give round two a go, this time with a different combination of ingredients…

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We had a couple of bruised pears that I really wanted to use, and while digging in the fridge for an apple, Grae suggested carrots too (sure, why not?)  We added the other half of our lemon to the mix and called it good.

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This batch took a wee bit more prep than the last one.  Grae peeled carrots {ever so cautiously}…

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While I prepped the apples and pears (I peeled the apple, but not the pears).

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When everything was ready to go, my little sous chef added the produce to a big pot…

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And attempted to squeeze the juice from the lemon.  (Her exact words just before this shot was taken were, “Com’on, lemon… Why you not working??”)

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Then she poured in some water (quite a bit more than with our first batch because carrots don’t produce their own juice while stewing).

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Then we popped our pot on the oven, put a lid on it, and let everything simmer for about half an hour on medium heat.

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It looked absolutely horrible when it was done cooking (like some kind of veggie stew gone terribly wrong), but smelled delicious.

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During the stewing process, my little girl helper was replaced by this equally cute kitty helper.  Luckily, she likes to help just as much and saw to it that our mixture was pureed perfectly.

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Then we poured it out onto a parchment-lined sheet.

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This time we were a little more careful to make sure the mixture was an even thickness all over the base of the pan. Then it was into the oven on the lowest temperature.

IMG 4754After eight hours, we had a lovely sheet of fruit leather.

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Once again using kitchen scissors, I cut the sheet into strips…

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And rolled it up using strips of parchment paper and baker’s twine.

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And though our berry banana version is very tasty {despite being a tad over dried}, I think these are even better.  They’re sweet and flavourful and have just the perfect bit of tartness.
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Gracen seems to agree.  She gobbled up this entire strip in 3 minutes flat and promptly asked for another.
 
Carrot Pear Apple Fruit Leather
  • 2 Red Anjou pears
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 cup of water
Peel the carrots and peel and core the apple.  Put all of the produce into a large pot along with the water and the juice from the lemon.  Cover the pot and stew the fruit/veggies on medium heat for 25 to 30 minutes, then remove from heat and let cool a while.
Pour the stewed fruit and veggies into a blender or food processor and puree.
Pour the pureed mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and use a spatula to evenly distribute  the mixture over the base of the pan.  Bake at 150 degrees for about 8 hours, removing it from the overn when the leather is no longer sticky to the touch.
Peel away the parchment paper and cut into strips using kitchen scissors or a pizza cutter.
Enjoy immediately or roll using parchment strips and baker’s twine and store in an airtight jar.

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21 thoughts on “Apple Pear Carrot Fruit Leather

  1. omg.. what a great idea! I will copy that. I’m sure it’s also great for kids that don’t want to eat fruit when it’s fresh/in whole, but they would chew on that.

  2. I don’t think so! Depending on the fruit, element temperature, etc. your puree may be thicker or thinner, in which case you would just have to adjust your drying time a wee bit. The only thing I would say is pop the pan in the oven and don’t worry about it for the first 7 hours or so… After that, check on it every 15 – 30 minutes and take it out as soon as the leather is all dry to the touch. I went a wee bit overboard on my cooking time with the first batch and the edges were definitely crispy… Not as yummy!

  3. I have been wanting to attempt fruit leather for a long time– maybe this summer when we have an abundance of fruit and veggies I will. This doesn’t sound quite as hard as I thought it was! 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to the Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop! I hope to see you again next week.
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

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