So my husband came home the other day with 7 watermelon…EEEK! I was super excited to get a whole bunch, but only one thing…I don’t like watermelon! So, I quickly started researching some recipes that I could make to use all the watermelon. Be prepared to get watermelon crazy with recipes as I try to utilize all 7 of these delicious Hermiston watermelons! (If any of you are from the Pacific Northwest, you know that Hermiston watermelon are the BEEESSTTT..)
The first recipe is watermelon fruit leather. You could either roll it up like fruit by the foot or take the easy route (which I chose to do after anxiously waiting for it to be finished) by cutting the fruit leather into rectangular pieces.
I also read many recipes about taking the watermelon seeds out. I found no difference in keeping them in or not. So, I chose to go the easy way which was keeping the white little seeds in tact.
Supplies you will need:
- 10 cups diced watermelon
- Measuring cup
- Cookie Sheet
- Honey or sugar to taste
- Plastic wrap
- Pizza Cutter
- Parchment Paper
*Notice, there are only TWO ingredients needed to make this delicious AND healthy treat!*
First, I preheated my oven to 170 degrees or the lowest temperature your oven can go. Mine only went to 170, so that was good enough.
I took the 10 cups of diced watermelon (I used a measuring cup to get close to exact) and put it into my blender
I measured out 2 tbsp. of honey (you could add sugar or honey to preferred taste) and put it in as well
That’s all the prep work you need! Now it’s time to start baking.
I took some Saran Wrap (I used cling wrap, but would definitely try using the shiny plastic wrap next time) and neatly put it on the cookie sheet. I made sure not to have any wrinkles on my cookie sheet, because your fruit leather would also have that nasty wrinkle.
You can see a few wrinkles, but I tried really hard! You will see I also used three pieces. I put one towards the top, one at the bottom, and one beautifully in the middle of the cookie sheet.
Pour your watermelon liquid into the cookie sheet. You will see a few bubbles. That’s okay! Once it starts baking, that will go away. I did use a spatula to smooth away any huge bubbles, because I’m paranoid…
Here is the part that’ll stretch your patience…
You have to let the fruit leather bake or dehydrate for about 8 hours, rotating it every couple of hours. Depending on how big your standard cookie sheet is, will determine how long you will be baking it. I found that my largest cookie sheet was a bit small and I should’ve used a bigger one. With that being said, my fruit leather took about 9.5 hours with the smaller cookie sheet.
You know it’s finished when you poke your finger in the middle and it’s not sticky.
Let the fruit leather cool out of the oven for a while. I let mine cool for about an hour before moving it to the parchment paper.
After letting it cool, you take the plastic wrap off the cookie sheet and flip it onto the parchment paper.
I peeled away the fruit leather from the plastic wrap (this got messy and wished I used shiny plastic wrap vs. cling wrap)
I took my pizza cutter and cut the fruit leather into pieces.
I took the parchment paper and cut it into little rectangles to place my fruit leather between so it didn’t stick (kind of like sliced cheese)
I took new pretty parchment paper and placed the fruit leather on it for the finished product. However, you can use the same parchment paper that you put it on to begin with!
I hope you like it as much as my family did! Enjoy!
|Fruit Leather Recipe|
10 cups seedless watermelon diced
2 tbsp. honey
1. Preheat oven to 170o F
2. Take cookie sheet and place plastic wrap onto cookie sheet leaving no wrinkles at the bottom of the sheet.
3. Place watermelon and honey into blender. Blend until smooth.
4. Pour blended mixture onto cookie sheet.
5. Bake 6-8 hours in oven rotating it every 1.5-2 hours.
6. You know the fruit leather is finished when the middle isn’t gooey or sticky to the touch
7. Remove cookie sheet and let the fruit leather cool for about an hour
8. Take the plastic wrap from the cookie sheet and flip onto parchment paper
9. Use a pizza cutter to cut leather into rectangular pieces
10. Cut parchment paper to match the size of fruit leather
11. Place fruit leather on a piece of parchment paper and stack on top of each other