School is now in session.
If you knew what I've gone through to get here you'd understand my long silence. Influenced also by a crashed hard drive and end of summer woes.
But we don't need to talk about the past. Let's look toward the future. A future of new experiences and all things fall, which can't be bad.
To celebrate fall I've begun a new kind of cooking.
In addition to cooking in the kitchen I've begun to make enamel jewelry. After thinking about it for over a year I finally had a private lesson at Liloveve with the talented Emilie Shapiro and I am now hooked. Expect to see more jewelry in future posts... and hopefully a new Etsy shop.
Plum Fruit Leather
adapted from Natashia's Kitchen
- Sugar (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400. Please washed, halved and pitted plums skin side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Cook for 15-20 minutes, you want to avoid burning them, so check on them.
- Puree in food processor. Add sugar to taste or skip it. I tasted the plum puree and decided to go without sugar.
- Line same rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour puree into baking sheet and smooth to level out, you want 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness.
- At this point we are just trying to dry the stuff out and not cook it, so if you have access to open air and sunshine, place it in sun for 2 days. If not, place it in an oven at lowest temp, no higher than 140F. Leave in center shelf for 6-8 hours. Leather is done when it is smooth to touch and not tacky.
- Roll up in the parchment paper and cut into sections.