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Apricot Leather

 Apricot Leather
Since it's not sticky, this is a tasty, nutritious snack that's perfect to take along on whatever trail you travel. In pioneer days, fruit leather was made by thinly rolling fruit and drying it in the sun.—Patsy Faye Steenbock, Riverton, Wyoming
48 ServingsPrep: 50 min. Bake: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 drop almond extract
  • Confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • Place apricots in a small saucepan and cover with water by 1 in.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes or until
  • soft. Drain and cool slightly.
  • Place apricots in a blender; add sugar. Cover and process until
  • smooth. Add extract.
  • Preheat oven to 175°. Line two shallow baking pans with silicone
  • baking mats. Spoon half of apricot mixture onto each baking mat,
  • spreading to form a 12x8-in. rectangle; repeat with remaining fruit.
  • Bake 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until almost dry to the touch. Cool
  • completely on a wire rack.
  • Transfer to a cutting board; dust both sides with confectioners'
  • sugar. Cut into 1/2x8-in. strips; roll up. Store in an airtight
  • container in a cool dry place. Yield: 4 dozen pieces.
Editor's Note: If baked fruit sticks to the knife, air-dry for 15-20 minutes, then slice and roll.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 16 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, trace sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.