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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 Debbie

    Hi Sarah, I have never made fruit leather before, but do have a recipe in an old readers digest cooker book that I have toyed about making in the past. I must admit that the thought of edible fruit scabs is slightly stomach turning, but I’m sure they appeal to children.

    I have also never tried anything nettle, I can’t imagine what they must taste like, but I bet they are full of goodness. The old ladies here head off into the fields and pick what they call horta, which is basically weeds that taste good.

    I might just have to have a go at making fruit leather just to see what it is, but it would have to be without the nettles as I wouldn’t know where to find them out here.

    xx

    May 25, 2016 at 7:27 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      You can make fruit leather with just about any fruit, Debbie – but I agree the scabs do look disgusting lol. I googled Horta and a whole array of weeds came up – its great that people still have the knowledge to forage out there 🙂

      May 30, 2016 at 12:12 am
  • Reply Lisa (BadMammy.com)

    Ooh, my son absolutely loves these so it’s great to have a recipe for home made healthy ones! Bookmarking this for sure!
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    May 23, 2016 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Georgina Ingham | Culinary Travels

    I am so intrigued by this. I love fruit leather but have never made my own or had one with nettle in.

    May 23, 2016 at 2:44 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Fruit leather’s really good fun to make, Georgina. I must admit I was very pleased when I thought up the idea of adding nettles – I think I may have invented it!

      May 24, 2016 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Emma

    Great idea, I’ve never eaten nettles but this is something that I’d love to try. Great idea!

    May 23, 2016 at 2:29 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Emma, wanted to come up with something that would appeal to the kids – they were never going to embrace nettle soup!

      May 24, 2016 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Kerry Norris

    How cool is this. Would never have thought to make anything like this. Thank you for sharing your recipe x

    May 23, 2016 at 11:21 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Kerry, was so pleased when I had the idea to try nettles in fruit leather – let me know if you try it 🙂

      May 24, 2016 at 2:24 pm
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