Fruit leather (aka rollups) is essentially just another form of dried fruit however it provides a bit of variety due to the different texture and taste. Unlike making dehydrated fruit where the main choice is ‘do I like it on the soft side or on the crispy side?’, making fruit leather can be a bit more complex.
Having said that Mango Fruit Leather is about as simple as it gets. It only has one ingredient, mango. And given the texture, natural sugars and moisture content, the only preparation required is pureeing it in a food blender or processor until the fruit pulp is smooth with no lumps. From their it is into the dehydrator or oven.
This recipe is designed for a food dehydrator however if you don’t have one then you can use an oven, preferably fan forced at a very low temperature 55°C (see below). Keep an eye on the dehydration process – it is ready when the leather isn’t sticky to touch. If using a dehydrator you may need to turn it over to ensure it is fully dry but I have found that it only really needs around 30 minutes more to finalise the leather. I suggest you start this first thing in the morning to avoid it running overnight because there is the risk of making it just that bit too crispy if it stays under heat for too long.
For me this is one of those moorish foods that creeps up on you. Turning 500 grams of mango into 65 grams of fruit leather creates a situation where it doesn’t last long. For those who want a calorie dense food, this is about as good as it gets and will do me as one of my daily snacks.
500 grams of mango (frozen or fresh and ripe).
I recommend using frozen store bought mango as it just makes the whole process clean and easy.
If using a dehydrator
If using an oven
This recipe is about as simple as it gets. Mango and something to dry it in
Plastic tray insert for my dehydrator
Frozen mango pieces which you will find in most large supermarkets
Pureed mango spread over tray and ready for drying
Peeling the leather off the tray. Do this slowly and with care to maintain the integrity of the mango sheet
Mango Leather peeled out and ready to turn over to complete the drying process. In this image you can just see a couple of slightly tacky areas that need a bit more drying time
Peeled out and ready to cut
Cut and ready to roll
Cut and rolled. I’m not so fussy about it looking pretty but that’s a personal choice
Seal in a plastic airtight container and store in a cool dry place; thats if you dont eat it first!