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Apricot Fruit Leather

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For the love of apricots…(spoken with an Italian accent as I throw my hands in the air)!  I love this fruit leather!

An apricot in its raw state is somewhat acidic but the acidity decreases as it ripens and its sugar content increases.  When it ripens, the vitamin A within also doubles and for the most antioxidants, choose fully ripened fruit.   Some describe their flavor as almost musky, with a faint tartness that lies somewhere between a peach and a plum.

An Apricot should be well-formed and fairly firm.  Pick apricots that are dark yellow or yellow-orange in color.  Apricots are very fragile and should not be handled roughly or stored at high room temperatures. To ripen apricots, place them in a sealed plastic or paper bag and keep them at room temperature.  Avoid apricots that are dull looking, soft, mushy or extremely firm. Bruised areas will be obviously brown.

Ingredients: yields 3 cups puree


Below:  The following picture is of pure apricot fruit leather…
Warning… the following photo doesn’t do the fruit leather any justice and I cringe to even share the following 2 photos but I wanted to show you that you can get really creative with your fruit leathers.  So without any further apologies of my photo taking skills (or lack of lol)  I present to you apricot fruit leather swirled together with a cherry fruit leather puree.
The next picture is also of apricot fruit leather  and cherry fruit leather puree.  I spread the apricot puree out onto the teflex sheet and then made pok-a-dots with the cherry puree.  I then took a toothpick and drug it through the dots to create the star burst effect.  The photo is rough-looking but in real life, it turned out pretty cool.  Your just going to have to take my word on this.  :)
Sample of how I store my fruit leathers…
Photo above:  place two pieces of plastic wrap on your counter top, overlapping them to create a large sheet.
Photo above:  Fold the edges of the plastic wrap onto the fruit leather, tapering in the ends a bit, as shown in the photo.
Photo above:  Fold the end piece over onto the fruit leather.  This will be the end that you start rolling.
Photo above: Roll the leather nice and tight all the way to the very end.  This should keep your fruit leather nice and sealed.

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