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Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather

This recipe is one of my own concoctions. The idea came to me while pondering on what I could do with the nettle residue you are left with, when making Stinging Nettle Cordial. That recipe uses 200g of Nettles, and once they have steeped you discard them, which seems such a waste, so I got my thinking cap on and this is what I came up with!

 

Nettles are hugely nutritious, with all sorts of health benefits, so I am delighted to have come up with this recipe for Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather, which the kids are so keen to eat.

 

My kids absolutely love fruit leather, we make it often and have shared recipes with you in the past - both in a traditional snack form with our Apple and Plum Fruit Leather, and also in the slightly grosser guise of Edible Fruit Scabs. It really is an easy, healthy snack to make, and vastly superior to the over-priced shop bought varieties.

We used.....

The leftover strained nettles from our Nettle Cordial (which was originally 200g of nettle tops)
4 large Bramley Apples
4 Large Pears
300mls Water

 

Nettles are hugely nutritious, with all sorts of health benefits, so I am delighted to have come up with this recipe for Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather, which the kids are so keen to eat.

 

The cordial that the nettle residue came from contained citric acid. If I was making the leather with fresh nettles, and there's no reason why you shouldn't, I would probably add the juice of a lemon. The cordial also had a very high sugar content, so I felt our puree was sweet enough, but the leather can be sweetened to taste.

Nettles are hugely nutritious, with all sorts of health benefits, so I am delighted to have come up with this recipe for Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather, which the kids are so keen to eat.

Wash, core and cut your fruit into chunks. I didn't bother peeling ours on this occasion. Add the nettles and water and cook until soft, then puree the mixture with a handheld blender. If you want to add sugar, honey or another sweetener to taste do it now.

 

Nettles are hugely nutritious, with all sorts of health benefits, so I am delighted to have come up with this recipe for Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather, which the kids are so keen to eat.

 

I use food wrap to line my trays as I find the finished leather peels off much more easily than with paper. Pour the puree on to the sheet and stick it into a cool oven set as low as you can - you are aiming to dry it, not cook it. It can take anything from about 8hrs to about 16hrs to totally dry out – I gave ours about 6 hours in the bottom of our Aga, then left it out overnight, covered with a mesh food cover, to finish drying.

Nettles are hugely nutritious, with all sorts of health benefits, so I am delighted to have come up with this recipe for Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather, which the kids are so keen to eat.

As you can see from the pictures, this leather has a very rustic appearance. I was slightly concerned that the kids would take one look at it and refuse to try it, but they absolutely love it. In fact, I am having to be careful that they don't eat too much of it in one sitting, bearing in mind that nettles are a new addition to their diet!

 

Nettles are hugely nutritious, with all sorts of health benefits, so I am delighted to have come up with this recipe for Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather, which the kids are so keen to eat.

 

I would love to know what you think of our recipe, and whether it's something you will be trying. Nettles are hugely nutritious, with all sorts of health benefits, so I am delighted to have come up with a recipe for them, which the kids are so keen to eat.

 

Nettles are hugely nutritious, with all sorts of health benefits, so I am delighted to have come up with this recipe for Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather, which the kids are so keen to eat.

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36 Comments

  • Reply Chloe

    I love your creations!!! This sounds so cool. I see you’re really making the most of nettle lately and I love how creative you’re being with it. I definitely want to try this. I need to start trying some more things with nettle for sure. xx
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    May 22, 2016 at 11:13 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I do have a bit of a nettle obsession atm Chloe, I’ve known for a while how good they are for you, so am really pleased to come up with some things that appeal to the kids 🙂

      May 24, 2016 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Fashion and Style Police

    I love this recipe. It looks and sounds yummy xo

    May 22, 2016 at 8:48 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thank you – I’m really pleased to be getting some different food stuffs into us all 🙂

      May 24, 2016 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Harriet from Toby & Roo

    Oh wow I will have to try this! My kids love fruit leather but I’ve never made our own! H x
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    May 22, 2016 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply Leanne @Smiles and Sundays

    Oh my. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen something like this. My kids are terrible at eating “the healthy stuff” but they absolutely love fruit snacks. Perhaps I can give this a whirl and see if it can replace those nasty, gummy (cavity inducing) things. I think even with my sub par kitchen skills, I could give this a go. I’ll let you know how it goes! xx

    May 22, 2016 at 1:36 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Fruit leather is really easy to make, Leanne, and if you use things like strawberries and mango you don’t even need to cook the puree – just blend it and dry out x

      May 24, 2016 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply Yvonne

    These look like a great idea. I really like that you rolled them up, my kids would love that. xxx
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    May 22, 2016 at 7:50 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s funny the things that appeal to kids isn’t it? I’m really pleased that the like them though, hoping they are getting all sorts of nutrients they normally wouldn’t!

      May 24, 2016 at 2:18 pm
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