Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tropical Fruit Leather

When I looked at the mangoes in last week's basket, I had the sudden urge to make a homemade fruit leather. Here's the recipe.

2 Mangoes, minus skin and pit
1 1/2 large bananas, minus skin
1 Can Pineapple with juice removed
1 handful shredded Coconut

Dump everything in a food processor or blender. (You could use a fresh pineapple, but I only had a can. If you use the canned stuff, make sure to remove the juice first. You can freeze it in ice cube trays to use in a green smoothie later.) Blend until smooth. Heat in a saucepan on the stove until it thickens up nicely. 

Now it's time to dry the fruit leather. You can use a dehydrator if you have one. Just make sure you use parchment paper or saran wrap if you don't have the solid trays. Or you can use your oven on a low temperature (the websites I found said 125 degrees overnight.)

Let it dry. (It took 2 days in my dehydrator, but it's a really cheap one.) Take it out when it still feels a little sticky, but not wet. It's delicious--better than a candy bar!

The puree was also really good. It almost didn't even make it into the dehydrator. Freezing it into a sorbet would be wonderful as well.

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