This is great way to use extra apricots, especially when your tree gives a bumper crop. Apricots are very nutritious so you don't want to waste them and this makes a great snack. These will also keep for a long time.

CHERI
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Ingredients

14
Original recipe yields 14 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 150 degrees F (165 degrees C), or the lowest setting you have.

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  • Combine the lemon juice, apricots and sugar in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth.

  • Cover an 11x17 inch pan or cookie sheet with a layer of plastic wrap. Pour the pureed fruit onto the plastic and spread evenly to within 1 inch of the edge.

  • Bake for 4 to 6 hours in the preheated oven, using a spoon or a pair of tongs to keep the door slightly ajar, or until the puree has dried and is no longer sticky. Once dry, you can cut it into strips and store in an airtight container.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

39.1 calories; 0.3 g protein; 9.8 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 0.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
08/04/2011
I have made apricot leather for years and kids (and adults) love it. I do not add sugar but add a banana to a blender of apricots. This gives sweetness without added sugar. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2009
I'm not sure how to rate this recipe!! Taste wise - I would rate higher. However my lowest setting on my oven is 170F so I had to keep turning it on briefly then off again!! Lucky I was home all day because that is how long it took. Read More
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37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
08/04/2011
I have made apricot leather for years and kids (and adults) love it. I do not add sugar but add a banana to a blender of apricots. This gives sweetness without added sugar. Read More
(103)
Rating: 4 stars
08/04/2011
I have made apricot leather for years and kids (and adults) love it. I do not add sugar but add a banana to a blender of apricots. This gives sweetness without added sugar. Read More
(103)
Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2009
I was looking for fresh apricot recipes to use up all the fruit my tree produced. This one is the best I've found. My kids (except the one who doesn't eat things that don't come from a box) LOVED it - thought it was a fruit roll up. I lowered the sugar to 1/3 c. on the 2nd and 3rd batches because our apricots are really sweet by themselves so the first batch turned out a bit too sweet for me. My oven only goes to 170 but I just left it on and cracked open for the whole day. It took about 6.5 hours. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2011
Very tasty! I didn't want to leave my oven on for hours while making several batches of leather so I froze the apricot mixture in 2 cup pkg. so I can make the leather in the winter time whenever we want. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/13/2010
This recipe was very simple to put together and tastes wonderful! The only reason it received 4 out of 5 stars was because after 8 hours in the oven, I had to put it in my dehydrator to finish up. The lowest my oven goes is 170 degrees. I started it, set the timer for 6 hours and walked away. Apparantly because my oven is one of the newer models, it turns off the heating element when the door is open. The fact that when I followed the recipe and stuck a spoon in the door to keep it open, it turned off the heating element and didn't bake the leather :( A note to all who might have a newer model oven, check the users manual to see if it turns off the heating element when the door is open. If that's the case and you dont have a dehydrator as a backup, this might not be the right recipe for you. For everyone else, this is a great recipe. My kids loved every bite and I felt good about giving them something healthy without all of the additives most "fruit snacks" contain. Thank you for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2008
This is great as is. I feel a little dumb that I didn't think of it myself. The pilot light in my gas oven with the light on for a little extra heat makes a great dehydrator. I didn't have to turn the oven on at all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2009
This was wonderful! Made as directed except used a jelly roll pan covered with saran wrap and spread the mixture slightly thicker. I dried two batches at a time rotating the pans every hour. It took 6.5 hours in my oven at 150 degrees. Great recipe for using up large amounts of fruit that might otherwise go bad. Thanks for sharing Cheri! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2011
I couldn't wait so I used a 250 degree oven for 2 hours. Used a wooden spoon to keep oven cracked to allow moisture to escape. Awesome! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2010
you can also dry it in the sun, but it is nice to have some kind of net over it so that you don't get a lot of flies or other insects in it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2012
For those whose oven can only set to 170 degree the lowest, there is a way to trick the oven. There is a light button on the corner of your oven (mine is one the left hand side). You can see it when you open your oven door. When you use a long wooden spoon to keep the door ajar, make sure the spoon is also pushing that light button down, it will "fool" the oven to think the door is closed and the oven will keep running. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2009
I'm not sure how to rate this recipe!! Taste wise - I would rate higher. However my lowest setting on my oven is 170F so I had to keep turning it on briefly then off again!! Lucky I was home all day because that is how long it took. Read More
(16)