10.21.10 Leather Fetish
Fruit Leather (Plum & Apple)
- — 1 pound, 2 ounces ripe Italian plums
- — 1 pound, 2 ounces peeled, cored and chopped cooking apples
- — juice of 1 lemon
- — 7 tablespoons raw honey
- — 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- — 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom (or more, to taste)
- — pinch sea salt
If not using a dehydrator, preheat your oven to a very low setting, about 140 degrees. (GFL: Mine only goes down to 170, so I prop the door open with the handle of a wooden spoon.)
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the fruit, lemon juice, spices and salt in a heavy pot. Cook slowly and gently until very soft, stirring to prevent sticking, about 20 minutes or more. Press the mixture through a fine sieve or food mill into a bowl; you should have about 1 1/2 pounds of fruit puree.
Add the honey and mix well. Divide the puree between two baking sheets. Tilt the sheets or use a rubber spatula to lightly spread the puree until it covers each sheet in a thin, even layer that stops about an inch from the edge. Place in the oven and bake until the fruit puree is completely dry but not brittle and peels easily off the parchment; this could take anywhere from 4 to 12 hours, so check frequently to monitor the texture. Roll up the leather in parchment or waxed paper and store in an airtight container. Use within 6 months.