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Fruit Leathers

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A good way to use up fruit that’s not in the best condition and for getting fruit into kids.

Serves : 1+
Prep : 40 mins
Cook : 2 days
  • Any fruit you have including a good handful or more of hawberries or crab apples for their pectin content.
  • For example; blackberries, elderberries, damsons, oregon grapes, apples or raspberries.
  • Water.
  • Sugar to taste.


  1. Wash and roughly chop the fruit and place in a heavy bottomed pot.
  2. Add enough water to stop the fruit sticking to the pan and simmer until the fruit has broken down.
  3. Place in a sieve and allow to drip through, you’ll probably have to push some of the liquid through with a large spoon. Try and add any sugar to taste .
  4. Place in a clean baking tray to depth of about 5mm and leave somewhere breezy and in the sun,  in a low oven overnight with the door open or in a dehydrator until set, check the middle as it is the last place to firm.
  5. Cut into strips about 3cm and roll up.


Almost any fruit can can be used with this recipe as long as some pectin rich fruits are included like, hawberries, crab apples or unripe blackberries.

These will keep in the fridge for several weeks.


Wild Food UK


4 comments for Fruit Leathers

  1. Ian Howes says:

    Has anyone tried keeping fruit leathers by vacuum bagging or in mylar bags with oxygen absorbers, rather than in the fridge?
    How long do they keep for?

    1. Paul says:

      I have made Hawthorn leathers over 5 years ago and are still good to go just from being in a jar….

  2. Alice says:

    can we have some advice about how to prepare the haws, please?

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      Haw leathers can be made by simply mashing the haws with your hands or a potato masher and squeezing them through some muslin to remove the seeds and bits and leaving the resulting mixture for a few minutes to set.
      If mixing with other fruit, boil and just add the haws pips and all and sieve to remove the pips before leaving to set.

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