Monday, July 23, 2012

Sugar-free Snacks

Harry survives Dudley's summer diet by sneaking up to his room after meals to enjoy the lovely care packages sent to him by his friends:

"Hedwig had returned from Hermione's house with a large box stuffed full of sugar-free snacks. (Hermione's parents were dentists)" (Goblet of Fire 28).

There are dozens of things Hermione could have put in Harry's care package that would have satisfied her dentist parents. But what can we make today that has no added sugar, and would also survive a trip by owl across who-knows-how-much of England? Have no fear, because I found a recipe for fruit leather on a website specializing in sugar and allergy-free snacks. And fruit leather will definitely last through an Owl Post trip.

You Will Need:
2 cups for your chosen fruit, pureed (I used apples)
1 Tbs Lemon juice
1/4 tsp cinnamon

1. Puree your fruit in a blender or food processor.

2. Add the lemon juice and cinnamon, and puree again to mix.
3. Spread the mixture evenly in a 10x15 pan and place in an oven preheated to 175 degrees.

4. Cook for 3 hours with the door ajar. If the leather is still wet, flip it over in the pan and cook longer until dried out.
5. Cut into strips and store in an airtight container with plastic wrap between the layers.

This is what mine looked like after 3 hours...

I cooked my "leather" for almost 4 hours, and it maintained the consistency of thick applesauce. Eventually I gave up. It tasted good, but unless you have a dehydrator (or a magic wand), I don't think you'll be very successful with this recipe. While I did technically make a tasty and sugar-free snack (for eating out of a bowl), I don't think it would transport very well in a care package. Especially one transported by owl.

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