On Tuesday, I cubed and dried 3-4 apples and two peaches. I placed the cubed fruit on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and let it sit in the oven at 200 degrees until the desired degree of dried-ness is achieved. It ended up being 2+ hours over the course of two days. Then I forgot the cookie sheets were still in the oven when I pre-heated the oven for something else. Luckily I noticed early on, so the fruit wasn’t dried into jerky!
I had a recipe, but since I didn’t have any of the actual ingredients listed, I really can’t say I used the recipe for more than a guideline. To show how bad it was, I didn’t have baking powder (I really need to go grocery shopping!), so I used cream of tartar and baking soda and corn starch as a substitute. Then, I didn’t read the process through before I started working through the “guidelines”, so I ended up having to use an old hand mixer that was used when I acquired it in 1989, instead of my nice Kitchen-Aid that can do most of the work for me (while I check the football game).
The guidelines wanted dried tropical fruits, but I had my non-tropical, dried fruits. I threw in some chopped dates, does that make it tropical? Also, it wanted whole grain granola that I didn’t have, so I used a flakes and clusters cereal that the kids didn’t care for as cereal…
I actually had the all purpose and whole wheat flours called for, so I got that part right. 🙂 And I had the eggs and milk and some sweetened coconut to put on top. It ended up working out okay. The bars were a bit dense and chewy, a friend said they go well with coffee, and my 14 year old ate several when he got home from school.