Although you can use drained canned or frozen fruits for this simple snack, you'll be happier with the results if you use fresh fruit in season. You'll also be pleased with the way children will choose this over less healthy alternatives.
1 cup (250 ml) fresh fruit such as peaches, pears, pineapple, cherries, plums, or strawberries
1 cup (250 ml) applesauce
Vegetable oil or cooking spray
Peel the pears, peaches, and pineapple if using. Remove pits and seeds from all, and cut into chunks. Combine with the applesauce in an electric food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Spread the puree on a lightly oiled baking sheet and place in a preheated 400F (200C) oven. Immediately reduce the temperature to 200F (90C) and bake for 2 to 3 hours, until the puree is no longer sticky and can be peeled from the baking sheet. Cool and store in an airtight
container or plastic bag.
at 12:24 PM on Nov. 3, 2009