Lately, I’ve been on a bit of a tear making fruit leathers. First it was strawberry (read: Strawberry Fruit Leathers), then I tried peach and blackberry. They’ve all been big hits with my kids. I love that I can make these in the oven, no dehydrator necessary. And I love that I can control what goes in them.
Because here’s what in Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups:
Pears from Concentrate, Corn Syrup, Dried Corn Syrup, Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Acetylated Mono & Diglycerides, Pectin, Malic Acid, Natural Flavor, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Color (Red 40, Yellows 5&6 , Blue 1)
(Are you looking for the word “strawberry”? I was too.)
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With apple season in full swing, it was time to try those too. After some experimenting, I think I got it just right.
Here’s how to make them:
Wash, peel, and chop 4 cups of apples (about 4 medium apples). I used a variety of apples I had on hand.
Place apples in a saucepan and add 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a simmer then cover and cook about 10 minutes or until soft.
Add 1-2 tablespoons sugar (to taste) and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mash. Cook 2-3 more minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.
Pour mixture into blender and process until smooth. Pour onto a baking sheet lined with a Silpat baking mat and spread into an thin layer with a spatula. (Once it was spread, I whacked my baking sheet on the counter a few times to get the mixture even.)
Bake at 170 degrees (or as low as your oven will go) for 2-3 hours or until it’s tacky but doesn’t stick to your finger (you will need to check it periodically). Cut into strips. You can either place them on waxed paper or roll them up as is. Store in an air-tight container.
- 4 cups of peeled, chopped apples
- ½ cup water
- 1-2 tablespoons granulated sugar (to taste)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Wash, peel, and chop apples and place them in a medium saucepan.
- Add ½ cup water and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook about 10 minutes or until soft.
- Add granulated sugar and cinnamon and mash. Cook 2-3 more minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.
- Put mixture into a blender and process until smooth.
- Pour onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat and spread with a spatula into a thin layer.
- Bake at 170 degrees for 2-3 hours or until it's tacky but doesn't stick to your finger.
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