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Use summer's bounty to create delicious Persian lavashak (fruit leather)

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By definition, lavashak is the Persian version of fruit leather or fruit roll up. Traditionally made with the ripest plums available, cooked to a pulp, spread into thin layers, and left outside in the sun to dry for days, it is both refreshingly tart and deliciously chewy.

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For a more modern version of this tasty treat, you may elect to choose from any number of stone fruits. Use peaches, nectarines, or apricots for a slightly sweeter version...while plums, pluots, and sour cherries will result in a more sour, tangy bite.

As long as your fruit is truly ripe (some would even say overripe), no sugar is needed. And instead of leaving it out to dry, you can now conveniently bake it in the oven for just several hours. It couldn't be any easier.

Give this exotic, healthy, sugar-free snack a try today!

LAVASHAK (FRUIT LEATHER)
Recipes and photos from HonestlyYUM

Ingredients:

5 lbs of stone fruit
1/2 cup of water

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.
  2. Wash fruit and cut in halves.
  3. Place fruit into a large pot and cook over medium-low heat until fruit has completely broken down. Stir occasionally.
  4. Allow to cool before blending in a food processor or blender.
  5. Pour fruit mixture over a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet and spread until 1/2″ thick.
  6. Bake for 5-6 hours or until the fruit is not tacky to the touch.
  7. Carefully peel away from liner and cut into 2″ strips.
  8. Roll each strip with parchment paper and tie with twine to close.
  9. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!
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