Pitting cherries is messy work. And everyone loved it! I went home to my parent’s house last week and we made tropical ice pops and delicious cherry leather while I was there.
Cherry leather is really easy to make. It takes some time, but you don’t have to be over the stove the whole time. You can start it and walk away and then come back. And once you get it in the oven, you just have to check it every hour or half hour.
The kids were really awesome at pitting the cherries. The older kids could do it no problem, the younger kids had a bit more difficulty, but were so proud when they finally got the pit out! It was awesome!
This recipe is slightly adapted from Put ’em Up! by Sherri Brooks Vinton.
- 4 cups sweet cherries, stemmed and pitted
- 1/2 cup sugar
1. Bring the cherries and a splash of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Simmer until the cherries begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Ladle into a blender or food processor and puree.
2. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Return the pureed fruit to the pot and simmer over low heat, stirring frequently, until it thickens to the consistency of baby food. (I had difficulty noticing this change, so I heated it for about 15 minutes.) Next add sugar and stir to dissolve. Take off heat.
4. Spread the puree on the baking sheet, tilting it to create an even layer about 1/8 inch thick. Try not to let any area be too thin or it will not roll later. Dry in the oven until tacky to the touch, about 2 to 4 hours.
5. Cool to room temperature. Carefully, pull the fruit leather off of the parchment paper. Roll it into a tube and cut the tube into sections so that you are left with strips. Enjoy!!