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Balsamic Vinegar Peppercorn Peach Fruit Leather ~ Gourmet Edition ~

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Do you want to confuse your taste buds?  Send them on a guessing game as to just what the heck took place in your mouth?  Are you the adventurous type who isn’t a afraid to try new flavor sensations?  If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, this recipe was made for you.   The experience that will take place in your mouth will happen in layers.

You take a bite, and with your tongue you press the fruit leather to the roof of your mouth.  You start to suck on it and the flavors start to voice themselves.  First, comes the  peach, it offers up an acidic tang slowly coupled with a twinge of sweetness.

As you continue to savor the bite of fruit leather you will then get a faint hint of the balsamic vinegar.  However, this layer of flavor will truly depend on the quality of balsamic that you use.  There is a huge difference.  Traditional aged balsamic vinegar, produced in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, can cost $200 per bottle.  You can also walk into any local supermarket and fork over $2 or $3 for a big bottle of balsamic vinegar.  Tasted straight from the bottle, there was no contest between supermarket and traditional balsamics. Even the best of the commercial brands-while similarly sweet, brown, and viscous—wouldn’t compete with the complex, rich flavor of true balsamic vinegar. With notes of honey, fig, raisin, caramel, and wood; a smooth, lingering taste; and an aroma like fine port, traditional balsamic is good enough to sip like liqueur.  I am not saying that I or you need to pay $200 for a vinegar in order for this recipe to turn out  but I just wanted to point out that there is a range of price and the flavor pairs with it.

Then just as you swallow your bite of fruit leather… wait for it, wait for it… the pepper hits you!  It really is a neat experience to be had.

I hope you give this recipe and try.  If you do, please let me know what you think.

Ingredients: yields 4 cups puree

Preparation:

To make the best peach recipes, you need to start the best peaches… here is how.

At the grocery store or fruit stand:

Now make your selection:

Once at home:

 

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