I remember in my childhood my aunties always used to make fruit leathers in traditional way in large trays and leave them outside in the garden or on the roof of their house in the sun for several days to dry out.
You do not even need to have perfect fruit, so if there is some bruised fruits, just cut bad part and throw away and just chop them, blend them , mix them with honey or lemon juice and let them dry.
Fruit leather which is called Lavashak in Persian language is super easy to make and is a healthy snack. You can make fruit leather with kiwi, mango, apple, prunes, plum, peach,.. …
If you like sweet taste would add honey or if you prefer sour taste simply add some lime/lemon juice.
- 3 cups Mango, chopped
- 3 cups plums
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp honey
Heat the oven to 120C
put chopped mango into a blender and puree it until smooth. Taste it if you want to be sweeter add 1 tbsp honey or on the contrary if you want to have sour fruit leather, add one 1-2 tbsp lime or lemon juice. pour the puréed mixture onto a lined baking sheet ( either silicone or parchment paper).
With a spatula spread it or simply shake the tray and spread the puree in the baking tray.
You need to slowly dry out the fruit leather, so be patient and Place the baking tray in the oven and let the fruit purée dry out. Typically it will take 3-4 hours to dry out and when the surface of fruit leather is smooth and not sticky, it means fruit leather is ready.
Once it is done allow to set at room temperature for 1 hour. When the fruit leather is ready, using a cuter and cut it into stripes and roll it. But if you wish to dry fruit leather in sun, you need to line a tray with parchment paper, spread fruit puree on it, cover the tray with a piece of cheese cloth or a colander to secure puree from birds, bee or fly and let to dry.
They would be perfectly safe to store in the fridge for long time.