Apple-Cherry Fruit Leather
Makes enough to cover four fruit roll dehydrator sheets.
Food Dehydrator (I use a Nesco dehydrator)
Fruit roll sheets
Oven (preheated to 150F, or as low as it can go)
Rimmed baking sheets
Silicone mat (Silpat), thick heat proof plastic or oiled parchment paper
8 cups sweet cherries, fresh or frozen
4 cups unsweetened apple sauce or chopped apples
Start by washing, stemming and pitting the cherries. Ensure all the pits are removed. Place the pitted cherries into a large pot. Mash the cherries with a potato masher or your hands to release the juices and add the apple sauce or chopped apples.
Bring the cherries and apple sauce to a simmer. Simmer until the cherries (and chopped apples, if using) are soft. Keep your eye out for pesky cherry pits and remove any that you missed in the pitting process. When the fruit is soft, puree the fruit using an immersion blender or a food blender, working in batches. If you hear any clinking noises stop and fish out the pit!