Dried Peach Key to Old-Fashioned Fruit Leather Recipe

Peach Leather recipe uses dried peach mash to store fruit.

| Good Old Days

Peach Leather was a dried peach confection used long before canning was in common practice. I'm told that the method was brought from Africa by early slaves and Peach Leather was made in the South before it spread to other parts of the country.

"In order to obtain the best results very soft peaches are used for Peach Leather, ripe to perfection, but not over-ripe. Wipe peaches off, seed and mash them to a smooth pulp, spread thin on platters and set in the sun. This should be well protected by fine mosquito bar from flies.

"When one side is dried to a slight brown, turn it with a knife so the other side will dry. Two or three days during the sunniest hours will complete the drying. The leather is then sprinkled with brown sugar, rolled up, wrapped in paper and placed in stone jars and covered closely. For serving, it is sliced through the roll."

Lorin Best
Mission, Texas

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