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Fruit Leather

  • Tal Dec 29, 2006 05:56 PM
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I remember walking through the Old City of Jerusalem and finding random Arab Shuk's selling sheets of apricot fruit leather. I've had a few store brands of the stuff, but nothing comes close to what I've had from the Shuk. Who knows something similar, and where can i get it?

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  1. If you have patience (2-3 weeks) and a decent-sized area with no foot traffic (or animal traffic), it is very easy to make at home, and it tastes better than anything you could buy in a store. My version is just juice and corn syrup, boiled down, then laid out on parchment paper to dry. If you're interested in the recipe, I can post it on the Home Cooking board when I get home.

    1. Trader Joe's has fruit leather. It's in the section with the nuts and it doesn't come in a sheet--it's in pieces, but very delicious.

      1. depends on where you live.

        my local 24hour store has it because they are run by folks from Saudi Arabia

        1. This is so funny that I found this post because I was just thinking of this today. Growing up, "shoe leather", was how we knew it and apricot fruit leather was an obsession of my mom's and our's when she'd share it with us. Nothing seems to compare with what I remember having as a kid any longer. I can't find the real thing anywhere. I bought some today in my local supermarket - an all natural product but it paled in comparison and was about 3" x 2" - a sad commentary on what you get for your money too. I remember it would come in a massive sheet and I bet it was rather cheap too back then.

          If anyone knows where to buy the real thing anywhere in NYC or online please let me know. I don't think I have the wherewithall to make it from scratch since there's only two of us in our home, and only I'd be eating it. Plus, I'm pretty sure the original stuff didn't have corn syrup in it.

          BTW I've had the TJ brand - it's ok, but not what I remember either.

          1. http://www.stretch-island.com/home.html

            I come from a long line of Fruit Leather lovers. This mail order/wholesale company sells wonderful fruit leathers and if you have any doubts ask them for a sample pkg.

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            1. re: HillJ

              Hi HillJ - that's the brand I bought today - I found it in Kings Supermarket. It was "ok", but definately NOT what I remember from my childhood <sigh>!

              1. re: sivyaleah

                Hi sivyaleah - sorry to hear it wasn't to your liking. With few fruit leathers to pick from, I prefer it over sweentened brands or those with artifical fruit "flavors" but I can relate that it's not like when we were kids! Sadly, fewer and fewer of our childhood favorites are :(