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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. Bake: 2 hours
  • Makes
    4 dozen pieces

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 15x10x1-in. 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.
Editor's Note: If baked fruit sticks to the knife, air-dry for 15-20 minutes, then slice and roll.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 16 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Sparemom3
    Apr 12, 2014

    Just wondering, if you don't have a silicone mat, could you use parchment paper?