Dehydrated Plum Surprise Fruit Leather
Plums....oh so yummy, but not the easiest or neatest leather to prepare. But well worth the effort, that's for sure!
Plums - 3.5 lbs
Pears - 1 can (15 oz), drained
Corn Syrup - 5 Tablespoons
Lemon Juice - 1 teaspoon
Banana - 1
1. Clean plums, and blanch so skins can be removed. Remove skins and pits.
2. Put all of the ingredients above into a blender and blend well. I actually use an immersion blender. This works great for me, and is easier to clean up.
3. Pour mixture into a pan and cook for a few minutes. I bring it to a high simmer, constantly stirring until a little foamy. Let cool.
3. Lightly spray non stick oil on your dehydrator sheets. I usually spray a little all over the sheet, and then wipe it evenly with a paper towel.
4. After your mixture has cooled off some, pour onto your trays.
5. I don't make full sheets of fruit leather. Smaller sheets are easier to handle, and easier to cut up. I bought some cheap ziploc bowls at the store and cut the bottoms out. I have four of them and they fit perfectly on one of my trays. And I know the exact amount I need for each "square" of fruit leather.
6. Dehydrate fruit leather according to your dehydrator's directions.
7. Test... touch the leather to see if it is ready to be flipped. It should be tacky to the touch, but not wet. It should peel off fairly easily from the trays. Remove leathers and flip over onto your trays, no need to use the leather sheets now. Put it right on your mesh trays. Dry more until the leather is no longer wet, but still pliable.
8. Roll or cut the fruit leathers when done, and store in refrigerator or freezer. Adding oil by using the non stick spray will make these go rancid a lot sooner if you don't keep them in a cool place. I store mine in the freezer, and let come to room temperature before eating.
Add as much or as little corn syrup as you would like, just keep giving a taste test as you add. Keep in mind, dehydrating will concentrate all flavors.
If you use an Excalibur dehydrator, use the "flip trick". Place a tray on top of your fruit leather, flip both trays over, remove top tray, and then carefully peel away the teflex sheet. Your leathers are now ready to be put back into the dehydrator!