Blueberry Fruit Leather

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When O saw that the library had a copy of My Wobbly Tooth Must Not Ever Never Fall Out from the Charlie & Lola series, we had to check it out! He couldn’t understand why Lola wouldn’t want her tooth to come out!!!

You see, O’s been desperate to lose a tooth for at least six months. At first he was content hearing that in due time he’d have a wiggly tooth too. But then most of his kindergarten class had lost at least one tooth…but still no budging. June & July past…and still no budging. Then last Thursday, as he was brushing his teeth, he felt not just one, but two front teeth wiggling. He was giddy with excitement with a smile from ear to ear, jumping around shouting, “I have a lose tooth, I have a lose tooth, I mean two!!!”

Ever since he’s been "trying" to bite into apples and wiggling the teeth with his hand, trying to get them to pop. Yesterday we made fruit leather, with the hopes that it would pull the loosest one out… still no luck, but worth the try!

The kids requested BLUEBERRY. They can’t figure out why their favorite fruit leather company doesn’t have a blueberry flavor. “Maybe we should make them for them mom.” So with a few spins of our freshly picked berries in the food processor, we spread out the berry mixture and went about our day, until the magic hour when it seemed done. O exclaimed as he took his first bite, “Yeah, I’m going to loose a tooth!"….well, maybe soon, anyway.

Blueberry Fruit Leathers

Puree the following in a food processor or blender:

3 cups blueberries

1-2 T honey (Optional, depending on the sweetness desired. Note, I read that as the fruit dries the sweetness intensifies.)

1 t cinnamon (Optional, but we thought it might add a fun twist)

To prevent sticking, place a Silpat pad or parchment paper on a 9 x 13 inch sheet pan.   Spread the mixture on the tray and cook until you can easily peel the fruit away from the tray. Between 4 – 4 ½ hours seems to be a good amount of time for blueberries. We used cooking shears and cut into strips. You can replace with your choice of fruit and adjust baking time, depending on the amount of moisture in the fruit.  

While I always encourage reading the book with your kids, the Charlie & Lola video clips really bring to life the English accents and true wit of author, Lauren Child. It's worth a watch.

Cool!

Can't wait to try this! Miss A loves fruit leather for a little sweet snack. Great treat lunch idea.

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