During the pandemic, I am taking taste-bud journeys as I self-isolate rather than physical journeys. Here is my adapted recipe for making Pineapple, Peach, Applesauce, & Lemon Fruit & Chia Seeds Leather. It was inspired by the many tutorial YouTube and Amazon videos. As for this particular combination of flavors, I was doing a bit of experimenting to see what might appeal to my particular taste buds. I can definitely see myself repeating this exact recipe again, sometime in the future.
- About 1 cup of chopped-up sliced peaches
- 1 small can of crushed pineapples
- 1 serving size of unsweetened applesauce
- 4 to 8 squirts of Mio Lemonade (for your sweetener)
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds (a binding and gelling agent)
- Cooking oil to spray your silicone molds
- Step 1: Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease your silicone molds with a light layer of cooking spray or cooking oil.
- Step 2: Any fruit pieces that are larger than a pea should be crushed up with a food processor of some type. I used my mini food chopper that is wireless and quite portable. It holds its USB charge long enough to chop up anything I need for my current recipe. In my case, I only had to chop up the peaches as the pineapple was already crushed and the applesauce, of course, is already puréed.
- Step 3: Mix that fruit together in a large measuring cup.
- Step 4: Add in 4 to 8 squirts of Mio Lemonade. The lemon helps fruit maintain their color better. This water enhancer will also act as a sweetener.
- Step 5: Add 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. This adds some extra nourishment and texture but also helps the mixture gel and bind together.
- Step 6: Mix well. Then, add this mixture evenly distributed in your silicone molds. Spread the mixture out until it is about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch. It should be evenly spread all the way around so they will all dry at the same time.
- Step 7: Bake for two hours. Check the mixture. If it is firm enough, carefully peel up the leather and flip them over to the other side. Then, place it back into the oven to continue drying.
- Step 8: Mine ended up taking about 5 hours. You'll know its ready when the edges slightly curl up and none of the mixture is at all tacky or sticky. It should also come loose quite easily from the silicone mold and maintain its shape.
- Step 9: Allow fruit leather to cool completely. Then, place them into either a Ziploc Bag or a storage container. Add an oxygen absorber packet to help them maintain their freshness. They should be good about a week or two, if you have not already eaten them far sooner than that.
In case you are interested in where I got these 'kitchen toys,'here are the links. They will all open in a new window. FYI - I don't get any special perks for posting these. This is simply listed for the convenience for people, like me, who adore kitchen gadgets and baking aids.
- Electric Mini Garlic Chopper, Synmixx Portable Mini Food Chopper Vegetable Slicer Meat Grinder with Type-C Charge Port, 2 Blades, Garlic Blender with for Chopping Garlic/Onions/Chili/Ginger(250 ml) from Amazon
- Pantry Elements Rectangular Silicone Baking Cups / Cupcake and Muffin Molds, Six Vibrant Colors - 12-Pack from Amazon
- Walfos Premium Silicone Muffin Top Pan, Non-Stick Muffin Top Baking Pan, Prefect for Baking Cake, Corn Bread, Muffin Top and More, Food Grade and BPA Free (2-PK Silicone Muffin Top Pan)
The Mini Food Chopper is what I used to chop up the frozen (thawed) peaches. I love this 'kitchen toy' because it is compact, cordless, and doesn't take long to charge, between uses, via USB port.
Here is a video tutorial for how to make applesauce fruit rollups in the oven. It is short and sweet. The chef dried hers for 6 to 8 hours in the oven at 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cooking Sites that have inspired me:
Books written by Debbie Dunn:
Here is the Amazon Link to all anti-bullying curriculum books plus all children’s books written by Debbie Dunn (both paperback and Kindle). It will open up in a new window.