Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday Recipe: Pumpkin and Apple Leathers

Here we are again on Tuesday. The weeks go by so fast these days.

This is a great time of year, the harvest season, so why not take full advantage of it? Pumpkin is another of my favorite vegetables, along with acorn squash. Hublet always tells me it is just the pumpkin spices I like, he thinks he has my taste buds... I do like the spices, I would have to say, however, I also really like pumpkin. Another great harvest of this time is apples. Let us combine them.

What you need:
Small pie pumpkins or canned pumpkin
You will also need a food dehydrator and fruit leather trays for your dehydrator.

If you bought pumpkins to cook down, this is what I did with mine.
I cut them in half, scooped out the seeds and saved the seeds.
Turn the pumpkin face down in a baking dish.
Add a bit of water.
Place in the oven at 450 for about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on size.
They are finished when tender to the touch or the skin has pulled away from the flesh.
Remove the skin, place in a blender and blend until smooth.
The extra you can put in the freezer for later use.

For the fruit leathers:
Blend your pumpkin, apples and cinnamon together, until smooth, unless you want some chunks in it. It is your leather, make it the way you will eat it! For amounts, use the amounts you would like. Taste it as you are blending until you achieve the flavor combination you like. If you do like it sweeter, try using a sweeter apple first. If it is not sweet enough, add a little raw sugar. You do want to get to the point you do not need to add any sugar. Work on it and you can get there. Pour the mixture onto the trays and turn your dehydrator on to the temperature it says. Allow to dry to your liking. Enjoy!

This is a great treat. There is a lot of fiber in both the apple and pumpkin, along with many vitamins and minerals. Because of the fiber, it will help to keep you full for longer periods of time as well.

Fruit leathers are easy to make. If you do not like apples and/or pumpkins, mix your favorite fruits together to make a healthy, delicious snake for both you and your family!

Until next time,
In the Love of Christ,

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