Oven Dried Fruit

I love these and like to sit in front of the TV and eat them like popcorn. I’ve tried pears and strawberries so far but imagine the process would work well with most fruit. It takes a bit longer if the fruit has a higher water content, and works really well with fruit that’s not quite ripe yet.

Thinly slice your fruit, removing any cores. Lay flat on a wire rack, or on a piece of grease proof paper on top of a wire rack, or on a baking sheet. It takes a bit longer on a baking sheet as the air can’t get underneath the fruit. Make sure they don’t overlap or they’ll all stick together. Sprinkle with cinnamon if you like!

Bake in an 80c oven for about 4 hours, or until the fruit feels dry. It should have a chewy texture and will be really sweet! Throughout the cooking process make sure your oven is dry: if you open it and a load of steam comes out, leave the door open for 10 minutes or so to let the moisture out. Wetter fruit will probably need turning over halfway through, and if there’s a lot of liquid on the sheet then use a few pieces of kitchen towel to soak it up.

Will keep for a week or so in an airtight container.

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