Dried fruits are lightweight & natural. They give off a rustic vibe that makes them desirable for decorating cakes & desserts. Other than being high in nutritional value, its sweet taste and long shelf life are the plus points. If properly prepared and dried, it can last up to 5 years in an air-tight jar.
For bakers like us, we love using dried fruits to decorate our cakes. It complements extremely well with floral and rustic cakes.
Side Note: You have to burn a little bit of your electricity bills 🤣
Drying Your Fruits
Nonetheless, dried fruits can be achieved by baking them in the oven at a low temperature for several hours until they are dry.
Firstly, preheat your oven to about 95 degrees C on the top & bottom heat with fan function. Cut your fruits into 0.5mm - 0.8mm thin slices, if the slices are too thin you will damage the fruits when flipping them over during the half-way point of the drying process.
Secondly, pat your fruits dry before placing them onto the tray.
Thirdly, Set a timer that is appropriate for the fruit that you are drying.
Lastly, remove the fruits from the oven when its completely dry.
Drying Time for Different Fruits
A general guide for drying time of different fruits:
Apple and Pear
Dry for about 45mins to 1 hour
Lemon, Lime, Peach & Strawberry
Dry for about 4 hours
Dry for about 4 ½ hours
Pomegranate Dry for about 8 – 10 hours
Storage Guide Store in air tight container up to 5 years, away from direct sunlight and other forms of moisture.