This leather a snack fit for a finicky child or an adult gourmand.
Have fun making this leather on a chilly winter day. The scent of baking apples, maple, and spices is a great way to warm up your kitchen. You can make these little leather wraps special with some pretty packaging, or simply throw them in your bag for a healthy and sweet snack on the go.
FOOD+STYLING by Michaela Hayes, Crock & Jar
2 lbs of apples (about 5 medium apples)
1 lemon, juiced
1 red beet (golf ball sized)
1 tablespoon maple sugar (optional)
½ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
¹⁄8 teaspoon cardamom, ground
pinch of salt
- Preheat your oven to 225˚F.
- Peel, seed, and chop up apples. Peel and chop up the beet.
- In a food processor or blender, blend the apples and beet with the lemon juice until smooth.
- Stir in the sugar, spices, and salt.
- Divide the purée in half and spread it in an even layer, ¼” thick, onto 2 parchment lined baking sheets. The rectangles will end being about 9x14” large and will not completely fill the sheet.
- Bake the leather in the oven until it is dry to the touch, about 1½–2 hours, rotating the pans halfway through. Turn off the oven and allow the leather to cool completely inside.
- Peel the leather off the parchment and cut it into shapes using scissors.
- R oll the shapes in waxed paper and then tissue paper and tie with string for a sweet, healthy treat for your favorite child or adult!
You can definitely use green apples for this. The coloring comes from a beet—totally delicious and you don’t need to let any beet-phobic folks know. They won’t be able to tell!
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