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Apple cinnamon Fruit Leather

Apple cinnamon fruit leather is an easy to make healthy fall snack item. Children of all ages will enjoy consuming apple fruit roll ups, and the bonus? A homemade apple fruit leather recipe can be made with any type of apples year round.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Drying Time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 40 mins
Course: Dehydrating
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cinnamon fruit leather
Servings: 24 6-inch strips
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • apple slicer/corer
  • dehydrator, a rear mounting fan is best
  • Stock Pot
  • food processor or blender
  • parchment paper or silicone non-stick mats
  • 1/2 gallon mason jar for large batches, quart-size jars for smaller batches
  • silicon spatula
  • cooking string, or tape
  • Oxygen absorber, optional

Ingredients

  • 8 cups of apples washed and cored, removing the peel is optional
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon more if desired
  • 8 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 cup of honey or sugar
  • 1/4 cup bottled lemon juice

Instructions

Dehydrator

  • Mix together the water and bottle lemon juice into a non-reactive container such as a glass mixing bowl.
  • Wash apples well, remove stems. Many apple varieties purchased from the supermarket contain a waxy coating, make sure to remove the wax prior to using.
  • Slice and core the apples using an apple slicer/corer tool. There is no need to peel the skin, however, if you choose to do so make sure to reserve the peels and cores to make raw apple cider vinegar. See the notes below.
  • Place the sliced and cored apples into the lemon water solution to prevent browning.
  • Cut apples into small bite size pieces and add to the non-reactive pot. This makes it quicker for the apples to cook down.
  • Next, add the rest ingredients, bring to a boil making sure to stir often. Continue to boil until the apples have fully cooked and are soft to the touch.
  • Transfer the cooked apple mixture to a blender or food processor. Puree the apple mixture until a smooth consistency has been met.
  • Place parchment paper or silicone sheets onto the dehydrator trays. Spread the apple mixture evenly onto the sheets.
  • Verify the drying time based on the manual of your dehydrator. For those using an Excalibur dehydrate, set the temperature to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. The drying process will take 6 to 12 hours or until the mixture takes on a leathery texture. Thicker layers will take closer to 12 hours to dry.

Oven

  • Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit. Place silicone baking onto baking trays, set aside.
  • Prepare apple leather as indicated in the dehydrating method.
  • Divide the fruit leather onto the two baking trays.
  • Place into the oven to bake for 5 hours. Throughout the baking period rotate trays often to ensure the leather dries evenly.
  • The mixture is complete once it has fused into one piece and is tacky and leathery to the touch.
  • Follow the steps for packing found in the dehydrating method.

Storage

  • Once completely dried remove from dehydrator trays.
  • Using scissors cut the homemade apple leather recipe into strips. Roll the strips and tie the leather with cooking string to secure the rolls.
  • Store the rolls in an airtight container such as a 1/2 gallon mason jar. An oxygen absorber can be added to minimize the moisture within the container. Apple leather  roll-ups can also be stored in the refrigerator.

Notes

Create a zero waste product by utilizing the apple peel and core scraps to make raw apple cider vinegar. Raw ACV is one of the most beneficial items on the homestead. Use this natural probiotic item for yourself, family, and livestock.