Dried fruit leather can be pricy when you buy it pre-made, but making it at home is a great way to use up bruised apples. It’s a fun activity for kids and it’s a great way to get creative with your snacks! Apple leather tied with twine and beautifully wrapped could make a great hostess gift or homemade gift for some friends.
15 minPrep Time
3 hrCook Time
3 hr, 15 Total Time
- 6 medium Ontario baking apples, peeled, cored and chopped (such as Royal Gala)
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) apple cider
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) honey
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice
- 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
- 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 200°F (93°C). Lightly coat two large baking sheets with oil and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Add apples, apple cider, granulated sugar, honey and lemon juice to a saucepan set over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 12 minutes or until apples are tender. Mash then stir in vanilla and cinnamon; cook for 10 more minutes or until mixture is thick and no excess moisture remains.
- Transfer to blender and purée until smooth. Pour mixture evenly onto prepared baking sheets and spread into a thin layer about 1/8-inch thick.
- Bake for 2 1/2 hours or until mixture is no longer tacky in the middle and leather is slightly translucent and darkened in colour.
- Let cool completely. Cut into desired. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.