Make-Your-Own Fruit Leather

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 8:30 AM, September 21, 2009

Aired September 21, 2009

Serves Makes about 30 roll-ups
2 cups dried fruit, such as cherries or apricots
2 cups hot water
4 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons black flax seeds or sesame seeds, optional

Preheat oven to 200F with rack in center.

Place fruit in a bowl, and cover with the water. Microwave for 5 minutes to plump and soften. Drain, and reserve liquid.

Place fruit in a food processor, add honey and process until mixture is very smooth and easily spreadable. If it is too thick, add some of the reserved cooking liquid.

Cover two 10-by-15-inch baking sheets with plastic wrap. Divide puree between the sheets; spread in a thin, even layer with an offset spatula. Then sprinkle with seeds, optional.

Let dry in oven until mixture is firm but slightly tacky, about 5 hours.

Peel fruit leather from plastic wrap, and cut into 1-inch-wide strips using a pizza cutter. Roll tightly into cylinders, and serve.