Sometimes you get a little crazy and decide to make something that takes more effort than just buying at the store. This is one of those times, however knowing what is in your snack and the extra flavor can maybe make up for it.
- 20 oz fresh fruit (see varieties below)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Peach: 5 medium, unpeeled, chopped
- Apple: 3 large (Gala or Granny Smith), peeled and chopped
- Strawberry: 4 cups, hulled and chopped
- Raspberry: 5 cups
- Grape: 3 1/2 cups (preferably Concord), seeded if necessary
- Banana: 5 medium, peeled
- Mango: 2 large, peeled and chopped
- Raspberry-Vanilla: 5 cups raspberries plus the seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean
- Strawberry-Banana: 3 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped, plus 2 medium bananas, peeled
- Spicy Mango: 2 large mangoes, peeled and chopped, plus 1/8 teaspoon each salt and cayenne pepper
- Combine the lemon juice, fruit and sugar in a blender and puree until smooth.
- Transfer to a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally until most of the liquid evaporates and the mixture is very thick, 35 to 45 minutes.
- Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper and use an offset spatula to spread the fruit to a thin layer. Not too thin as it will break into chips, try to make sure the paper can’t be seen through the fruit.
- Bake at 200 degrees F for about 3 hours 30 minutes.
- Once completely cool use kitchen shears to cut it into strips on the paper.
Source: Food Network