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Playing Make-Your-Own Fruit Leather


  • 2 cups dried fruit, such as cherries or apricots
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons black flax seeds or sesame seeds, optional


Serves: Makes about 30 roll-ups


Preheat oven to 200F with rack in center.

Place fruit in a bowl, and cover with the water. Microwave for 5 minutes to plump and soften. Drain, and reserve liquid.

Place fruit in a food processor, add honey and process until mixture is very smooth and easily spreadable. If it is too thick, add some of the reserved cooking liquid.

Cover two 10-by-15-inch baking sheets with plastic wrap. Divide puree between the sheets; spread in a thin, even layer with an offset spatula. Then sprinkle with seeds, optional.

Let dry in oven until mixture is firm but slightly tacky, about 5 hours.

Peel fruit leather from plastic wrap, and cut into 1-inch-wide strips using a pizza cutter. Roll tightly into cylinders, and serve.