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Apple Fruit Leather-025

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.


Apple Leather

15 minPrep Time

3 hrCook Time

3 hr, 15 Total Time

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  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 200°F (93°C). Lightly coat two large baking sheets with oil and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Let cool completely. Cut into desired. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


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