When was the last time you had fruit leather? I hadn’t eaten it in years and had never made my own.
But when my parents gave me a huge bag of marionberries from their own backyard, I started to look around for a creative way to use them. Fruit leather sounded perfect.
You may remember me telling you about Gary, my stepdad. He’s the one tending these lovely berries.
Making fruit leather is surprisingly easy. Some recipes call for cooking the fruit first; I didn’t. I just zizzed them with a little sugar and a few fresh sage leaves in a food processor, spread them on a parchment lined cookie sheet, and baked them forever. Well not forever, but a really long time.
Marionberry Sage Fruit Leather
- 3 cups Marionberries fresh or thawed
- 3 leaves fresh sage
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Preheat oven to 150ºF or the lowest temperature your oven will go.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine berries, sage leaves and sugar in a food processor or powerful blender and process until smooth.
- Pour berry mixture onto prepared baking sheet and spread 1/8-inch thick, as evenly as possible.
- Bake for 6-8 hours, until fruit leather is set (center is no longer tacky).
- Leaving the parchment intact, use kitchen scissors to cut leather into strips if you want to roll them up or into squares or rectangles if you prefer.